Saturday, 31 December 2016

ASUU Petitions EFCC On Alleged N3bn Fraud Claim


The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)
has petitioned Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) on an alleged N2 billion fraud
against ex-Vice Chancellor (VC) of University of
Ilorin (UNILORIN) Prof. Isiaq Oloyede, and
present VC, Prof Abdulganiyu Ambali.


In the petition submitted at the EFCC Ibadan Zonal
Office, ASUU described UNILORIN as one of the
most corrupt institutions, saying it was using
stable academic calendar to silence
whistleblowers.

ASUU called on EFCC to thoroughly investigate
allegations against the officials.

The petition accused them of pension scam;
fraudulent and unremitted deductions; extortion
from students; contract inflation and kick-backs,
as well as unlawful payments to ex-principal
officers of the university.

ASUU’s Ibadan Zonal Chairman Dr. Ade Adejumo
urged EFCC to investigate what he described as
“monumental fraud perpetrated by the
administration of the now Registrar of Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB),
Oloyede and Ambali.

The petition alleged that Oloyede, in 2011,
doubled the pension deducted from workers’
salaries under the pretence that previous
deductions were lower.

The petition, dated December 29, reads: “For the
avoidance of doubt, the legal minimum prescribed
by the Pension Act at the time was 7.5 of
emoluments, and the workers were already paying
above this. In federal universities N20,124.62 is
deducted from each professor as pension
contribution monthly. But in UNILORIN,
N40,206.42 is deducted monthly for the same
“pension contribution”.
“Contrary to law, the extra deductions did not
derive from any agreement with the workers;
indeed, the forced deductions were protested to
no avail. For the avoidance of doubt, the pension
law does not empower an employer to forcefully
deduct…’’ above the minimum from any
employee…”

The union, therefore, appealed to the EFCC to
investigate the allegations and rescue the
institution from the entrenched fraudulent
activities.