FG Sets Up Committees To Probe 10 Universities, Polytechnics Over S*x Scandals, Abuse Of Due Process
The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated ad-hoc committees to investigate the managements of 10 federal Universities and Polytechnics.
The committees, which were inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, are to probe allegations of abuse of due process, financial mismanagement, immorality and sexual harassment among others in the Universities and Polytechnics.
The affected Universities are Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State; Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State; University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State and Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State.
Others are Fedeal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State; University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State; University of Calabar, Cross River State and University of Abuja.
The Federal Government’s commitment to enhancing due process, fairness, accountability and transparency in the control and management of public resources, informed the setting up of the panel, Mr. Adamu said.
He also said government had received numerous complaints against the governing councils and management of some of the affected Universities and Polytechnics, which had led to an atmosphere of distrust and hostility as well as hindered the smooth running of academic activities, and resolved to set up fact-finding committees to determine the veracity of the claims and give appropriate recommendations.
The terms of reference of the committees are “to carefully study and investigate allegations in the petitions on the institutions or individuals.
“To seek to determine the veracity of claims and counter-claims by considering the circumstances and talking to as many witnesses as possible.
“To meet and interview the writers of the petitions and establish the basis of their claims.
“To ensure fair hearing by meeting with, and listening to explanations from all those against whom petitions have been written”.
The Minister, however, warned the committees that the exercise was not meant to judge or witch-hunt anybody, adding that members were selected based on their track records of integrity.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, urged members to be courageous in carrying out their findings and making their recommendations.
Malam Salihu Abubakar, who responded on behalf of the chairmen and members of the ad-hoc committees, thanked government for the confidence reposed in them.
Mr. Abubakar noted that the assignments they were given carried heavy responsibility, but they were prepared to discharge it with a sense of duty.