Group calls for probe of two Nigerian University VIce Chancellors
The Egalitarian Movement for All, a non-partisan society of academics has called on the a federal government to in line with its current bid to stem corruption in the education sector order a probe into the affairs the university of Ilorin and that of Calabar.
The movement in a statement by its Executive director, Dr. James Lawan said the suspension of the vice chancellors of the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) and the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Prof Adebiyi Daramola and Prof Olusola Oyewole respectively will demonstrate federal government’s readiness to deal with corruption issues in all sectors of the economy.
The movement called on the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu to as a matter of urgent national concern institute a probe into the activities of Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali, and Professor ZANA Akpagu, Vice Chancellor of Unilorin and UNICAL respectively as he said the two have recently been accused of monumental corruption running into millions of naira in their various institutions,
He said the Minister must demonstrate that there are no sacred cows in his war against corruption in the education sector to prove his sincerity of purpose by ensuring they are prosecuted.
The group lauded the recent moves by the federal ministry of education to stamp out corruption in the education sector saying it is a right move in the right direction.
EMA noted that the suspension which followed allegations levelled against four VCs by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) less than a week after it was made, demonstrates governments responsiveness to fighting corruption.
The movement called on the federal government to extend its searchlight to other universities which vice chancellors have been accused of similar crimes.
The Movement saluted the courage of the minister in wielding the big stick saying this will demonstrate that it will not be business as usual in the education sector.
He said, “People with questionable character should never again be allowed to occupy sensitive positions in the education sector considering its role in the building and training of our youths who are regarded as leaders of tomorrow.
“The probe must not end with the two but must be extended to other institutions in the education sector in Nigeria.
“The minister has started well he has taken the bull by the horns, corruption will try to fight back but the minister cannot relent.”