AAU Vice Chancellor rides roughshod over visitation panel

AAU Vice Chancellor rides roughshod over visitation panel

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The Vice Chancellor of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State seems to playing his last wand ahead of a fact-finding visit by the visitation panel that was set up by the Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, to look into the activities of the Management of the institution.

It was gathered that the panel is being seen as an avenue to remove the current Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ignatius Onimawo, who many believe has fallen out of favour from the visitor to the Ivory tower.

Already, the panel have received some of the correspondences between the University and the government over failure to pay full staff salaries since February 2020, illegal bank loans to the tune of N1.2 billion and check off dues owed workers to the tune of N1.6 billion as at September 28.

But, the strike action by the non-academic staff in public Universities who recently commenced a 14-day warning strike with their colleagues in the Academic Staff Union of the Universities (ASUU) who have been on strike since March this year may slow down the process.

According to a source, all documents relating to the allegations of corruption over mismanagement of funds by the University arising from lack of statistics on the actual regular and non regular students, among others may not been available to the panel.

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He hinted that the panel may not been able to access the financial documents to examine the finances of the university, as regards to revenue generation, expenditure transparency, accountability and observance of due process among others.

Meanwhile, the panel term of reference include, examining details of the mode of employment and promotions at the University with a view to determining the recruitment and promotion, whether the Staff strength and carrying capacity of student’s population of the institution is balanced among other terms of reference.

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