Infighting: How 2 Rectors administered a Federal Polytechnic for years

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Although unbelievable to many in the system, the Nigerian House of Representatives was taken aback recently at discovering that two Rectors, simultaneously, have run the activities of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, Bayelsa State.

Reports say consequently, the institution of higher learning could not produce audited accounts to the office of the Auditor-General of the Federation (AGF) for six years.

Mr. Otobo Steve, Acting Bursar of the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, revealed this at the ongoing investigative hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Public Procurement, chaired by Hon. Oluwole Oke.

Mr. Steve said the negative development was as a result of infighting between the two former heads of the institution that delayed the auditing of its accounts for over four years.

The Acting Bursar said that one of the contenders was dead while one is still alive, but that the incumbent was away abroad attending a 2-week workshop being sponsored by the institution.

Worried by this development, the Committee subsequently summoned Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister for Education, and Dr. Mas’udu Adams Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), and resolved to formally inform President Muhammadu Buhari about the activities of the Heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the government.

The summon, sources said, is to probe into how the two Rectors could be serving a Federal Government-owned institution in the same capacity at the same time, and the officials in-charge of tertiary education kept on approving their annual budgets for years.

The Acting Bursar said that certain Mrs. Radina and one of the lecturers who was a Professor (now late) were laying claims to the headship of the institution; hence there was a crisis that grounded the activities of the institution at the time.

Hon. Oke, Chairman, House Committee on Public Procurement, worried by the revelation, ordered the Clerk to write to the Minister for Education and the Director-General National Board for Technical Education to appear before Committee March 12, 2020, over the development.

Oke also lamented why the Federal Polytechnic, Ekowe, in Bayelsa State, should not submit its audited accounts to the office of Auditor-General of the Federation for a period of six years as required by the financial regulations and other laws.

He directed that the Bursar should submit the full names of the former Rectors and Bursars of the institution to the Committee for a proper probe.

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