The sum of N20m allegedly squandered for religious jamboree by the Management of Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State, is causing disquiet in the Institution. A Non-Governmental organization, Good Governance, said the money was allegedly used by the pedantic Rector, Dr Jimah Sanusi, to sponsor himself, his wife, personal aides and family members to Mecca in
The sum of N20m allegedly squandered for religious jamboree by the Management of Polytechnic, Auchi in Edo State, is causing disquiet in the Institution.
A Non-Governmental organization, Good Governance, said the money was allegedly used by the pedantic Rector, Dr Jimah Sanusi, to sponsor himself, his wife, personal aides and family members to Mecca in Saudi Arabia in 2019.
In the statement which was endorsed by the Director of Publicity of the group, Mr Aleakwe Moses, said: “A princely sum of about 20m was expended on the sponsorship of immediate family members, personal aides, self and acolytes on pilgrimage to Mecca, at a time the institution which he headed was crying for lack of funds”.
Aleakwe who appealed to anti-graft agencies to probe the allegations of financial malfeasance by the Management of the ivory tower, expressed worries about the Rector’s sudden interest in pilgrimage which has become a conduit to siphon public funds in the ivory tower.
He described the misuse of public funds to sponsor personal religious obligations by the Rector who had gone to the Holy land twice this year, as the height of irresponsibility.
The group while giving a breakdown of the extent of the wastage of public funds, said the Rector went on this year’s pilgrimage with his wife who is also a Staff of the school, his four grown up Children, two personal aides alongside some of his acolytes.
The Group further alleged that “the Rector, hiding under the cloak of holy pilgrimage, now engages in financial malfeasances that is both detrimental to the smooth running of the institution as well as the welfare of students and workers.
The statement adds that the jubilation that public trust and goodwill the Rector enjoyed shortly after his appointment which predicted to transform and reposition one of the oldest citadel of learning in the State, have been fritted away with the stroke of a pen.
The Group also called on stakeholders, particularly the Auchi axis, whose platform he used as spring board to become the institution’s Rector, to intervene and put a quick halt to the gradual descent of the foremost institution under the headship of Dr Sanusi
Part of the statement reads: ” It is unfathomable to waste public funds on frivolities at a time the institution is unable to pay staff allowances and other earned benefits.
“The statement reads in part that “Prior to his appointment as Rector, Dr Sanusi had never performed hajj, but has gone on hajj twice now in one year”, the statement said.
But, the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Mustapha Oshiobugie, described the allegation as false.
In a statement which was sent to our Correspondent by the PRO, challenged the Petitioner ” to show a photocopy of the receipt of the N20m or the receipt of any amount that shows that the Rector paid hajj fare for any Pilgrim “, adding that this is the only test that can give veracity to the allegation otherwise it remains simply the speculation which is is”.
According to the statement which was sent to the verifiable email of our Correspondent and verified, Oshiobugie, argued that ” The Rector can afford hajj fare; His wife is a worker of Senior Lecturer grade and with her pay, can afford hajj fare very conveniently; Other members of his family who chose to undertake hajj are all gainfully employed and comfortable in their own right to be able to afford hajj fare.
“It is uncharitable to say because persons known to him or close to him were on hajj, the Rector picked the bills”, he said.