NECO registrar, Prof. Charles Uwakwe, has reportedly been suspended over alleged financial mismanagement and abuse of office.
Suspended alongside the academic are two deputy directors in charge of finance and procurement, respectively, in the council. According to the reports, the trio are on suspension pending the outcome of investigation of allegation of misappropriation of funds against them. The officials were suspended for allegedly awarding contracts to the tune of N25 billion without following due process.
NAN reported that the NECO registrar did not seek the approval from Ministry of Education, the supervisory ministry or from the Governing Board of the council, before awarding the contract. Uwakwe was also alleged to be involved in recruitment in the council without following due process.
“I can tell you that nobody was sacked but there was a suspension pending an investigation of certain alleged misdeeds, which details have not been made public,” a source said.
The source stated that the most senior Director in the council, Mr Abubakar Gana, had been appointed Acting Registrar. According to the source, the letter suspending the council officials emanated from the parent ministry.
Another source said that the Non-Academic Staff Union at NECO petitioned the Minister of Education, accusing Uwakwe of financial impropriety, irregular recruitment and flouting of procurement procedures.
All effort to speak with spokesman of the council failed as he did not take calls put to his telephone lines or responded to short messages.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the federal government will evolve measures to curb incessant strikes and address grievances by staff of universities in the country. Buhari, represented by a director with National Universities Commission, (NUC) Gidado Kuma, spoke on Saturday at the 23rd, 24th and 25th combined convocation ceremonies of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said government was looking into the operations of agencies in the education sector to find solutions to the problems militating against their desired impact, especially in the university system.