There are indications that applicants for administrative and academic jobs at the University of Benin are paying between N300, 000 and N500, 000 to secure employment, despite an official embargo.
The imposed embargo by the governing council of the university appears to have been circumvented by the university authorities in the guise of generating internal revenue.
This revelation was contained in a petition by the UNIBEN Integrity Group, a coalition of concerned members of staff and students of the university, to President Muhammadu Buhari and signed by one Alexander Egunatum, dated October 5, 2015.
The petitioners say they want the president to probe the over 300 recent appointments so far made by the UNIBEN VC, Professor Faraday Orumwense, who is fully aware of the ban on appointments having assumed office in November 2014.
They said, “The prevailing notion in the University of Benin is that there is an embargo on the appointment of new staff by the university, an embargo imposed by the governing council…but under the table, questionable appointments are being made every passing day.”
Furthermore, the petitioners said, “A curious aspect of these dubious ‎appointments is that there is a syndicate put in place by the wife of the VC to coordinate the recruitment of staff who are able to pay an agreed sum of N300, 000 for administrative jobs and N500, 000 for academic positions.”
When contacted, a staff in the Public Relations Department who said the press officer was outside the state on official duties, denied the allegations ‎saying the authors of the petition were faceless and should not be taken seriously.

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