Wednesday, August 27, 2014

PDP accuses EKSU of N2.5bn contract fraud

AUGUST 27, 2014

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has accused the Governing Council of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, of siphoning fund through frivolous awards of contracts.

In a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Oluwawole, alleged that the institution planned to award phoney contracts worth N2.5 billion later this week.

He said, “As the party that will form the incoming administration in the state, the PDP has to draw the attention of the people of the state to official misconduct going on in EKSU.

“The Governing Council of the institution has not met for over six months now and a meeting has been fixed for Thursday where phoney contracts valued at N2.5bn will be awarded.

“The contracts were not advertised for tender, there was no bidding process. The contracts never passed through due process as expected, but they want to award them.

“It is disheartening that such actions are being perpetrated in a citadel of learning, a university for that matter. This is coming against the backdrop of the illegal employment of over 1,000 workers in the institution, and all these taking place after the incumbent governor was defeated in the June 21 election.”

Expressing concerns over alleged persistent looting of the state’s treasury, he warned the governing council to desist from such act, because the incoming government would probe the university and ensure that reckless spending of the state fund would not go unpunished.

“Again, in their own interest, the staff of EKSU and civil servants in the state service should not allow any politician to rubbish their career because such politicians will not be around to beg for them for allowing themselves to be used to defraud the state,” he advised

In his reaction, the Vice Chancellor, Prof Oladipo Aina, described the PDP’s allegation as baseless and unfounded.

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