The Presidency has directed the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, to refund over-payment of salaries running into millions of Naira.
The Registrar of the university, David Suowari, was also directed to refund cumulatively the sum of N130,692.71 per month in excess of his due salary.
The over-payments were said to have been discovered during the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission’s inspection to the University on May 12, 2015 after which the VC and the Registrar were accused of appropriating certain allowances to themselves that were not approved by the government.
According to the commission, the Vice-Chancellor was being paid total emoluments of N1,970,476.76 monthly, whereas he should not earn more than N922,810.23 if he were paid furniture allowance en bloc earlier, or N1,043,176.79 if he were being paid furniture allowance.
In the case of the Registrar, the commission said the Registrar was being paid N130,692.71 in excess of his due salary of N502,580.25.
The commission also said the university disaggregated its staff salaries, against government’s policy of pay consolidation and directed the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar to refund the cumulative over-payments made to them.
But reacting to the the commission’s position, the VC who is in his fifth and final year of tenure, insists there was neither disaggregation of salaries nor overpayment of salaries.