EFCC probes var­sity VCs, bur­sars over fraud — NUC

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary of the Na­tional Uni­ver­si­ties Com­mis­sion (NUC) Pro­fes­sor Rasheed Abubakar said the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crime Com­mis­sion (EFCC) is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing some Vice Chan­cel­lors and bur­sars of fed­eral uni­ver­si­ties over fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and non-com­pli­ance with ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions.

Rasheed said this yes­ter­day in Abuja dur­ing the open­ing of a work­shop or­ga­nized for bur­sars from fed­eral uni­ver­si­ties.

He said the uni­ver­si­ties failed to com­ply with es­tab­lish­ment cir­cu­lars em­a­nat­ing from rel­e­vant Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Rasheed said some of the vice chan­cel­lors were liv­ing above board in terms of salary and al­lowance, say­ing some re­ceived above a mil­lion naira, while oth­ers re­ceived less show­ing there was dif­fer­ent salary scale in the univer­sity sys­tem. Ac­cord­ing to him, many uni­ver­si­ties al­lowed the VCs to col­lect fur­ni­ture al­lowances amount­ing to N480,000 and duty travel al­lowances of about N90,000, when top civil ser­vants in the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry col­lect about N20,000 as duty travel al­lowances.

The NUC boss an­nounced the visit of Act­ing Chair­man of EFCC to the com­mis­sion next week, with a view to set­ting up a date for an ex­tended in­ter­ac­tive meet­ing with univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tors.

He said the aim of the meet­ing was to en­sure that uni­ver­si­ties were bet­ter man­aged fi­nan­cially, with greater ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency.

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