SENIOR Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, SSANU, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB, chapter, yesterday, revealed how the Vice- Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor, Professor Olusola Bamidele, and Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe respectively, allegedly defrauded the institution of N108.2 million. At a press statement yesterday, Chairman of the association, Fasunwo Olurotimi, said the vice-chancellor collected N23 million for furniture allowance in four years as against the law that allows N5.7 million. Fasunwon said the law allows for 300 percent of basic salary once in four years only for officers not residing in government apartments, but that the vice-chancellor had been collecting N5.7 million annually despite residing in a well furnished apartment constructed by the school. According to him, despite being quartered in official residence, Professor Oyewole also collected another N23 million in housing/rent allowance. He said the vice-chancellor has been collecting the money despite a government circular which prohibited public office holders resident in official residences. The chairman also revealed that Senator Ogunlewe collected N6 million under the children marriage allowance for a marriage not biologically connected with him, while the vice-chancellor assessed N5 million under the same arrangement. Despite a consolidated salary of the vice-chancellor which was put above N1 million monthly, he was alleged to have been collecting an illegal monthly allowance of N480,000. Under this arrangement, the association alleged that the vice chancellor approved the payment in 2014 and backdated same to 2012 when he was first appointed. He said N17million was transfered to his private account within 24 hours of approval, while N23 million has been paid till date. The association also accused council members of spending N25 million on illegal and wasteful ‘overseas jamborees’ in 2016, against the federal government’s directive. Ogunlewe was also alleged to have collected N3.2 million accrued interest from N842 million of earned allowance paid to the institution in 2013, but was fixed in a deposit account. The association dispelled the allegation of politics and external influence on its struggle, adding that its members are not qualified to hold the vice-chancellor’s position. He said corruption is beginning to fight back in the institution following an alleged campaign against the leadership of the union by management. While contacted, the Head, Directorate of Public Relations, Emi Alawode, said since the matter is before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the agency should be allowed to do its job.
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