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Gov Bello Orders Audit Of State Tertiary Institutions

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Posted: Aug 26, 2016 at 7:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinwendu Nnadozie



Worried by alleged inadequate funding, financial discrepancies and corruption, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, the Niger State governor, has called for forensic audit of the finances of all the state-owned tertiary institutions of learning in the past two years.

Governor Bello who gave the directive when he received the report of the committee on the viability of establishing state University of Education led by Hajiya Dije Bala in Government House, said auditing finances would enable the government in its financial plans.

The committee led by Hajiya Dije Bala, an educationist in the state, had indicted some state-owned tertiary institutions of generating money but having penchant for wasteful spending hence the recommendation that a visiting panel be set up to visit the schools to check wastages.

The Dije Bala-led committee suggested that a visitation panel be instituted to help prune down financial wastages therein.

Consequently, Governor Bello ordered the audit of the accounts, the income and expenditure of all the state-owned higher institutions of learning.

Against general claims of inadequate funding by most of the institutions, Dije Bala had told Governor Bello that her committee was able to establish from available records of the state- owned Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai, that in the last three years the institution was financially solvent.

Revelations by the committee prompted the Governor to direct the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology along with the Ministry of Finance to commence immediately forensic audit of the income and expenditure of all the tertiary institutions in the state.

“From your findings it shows that IBBU, Lapai, can stand on its own. And that besides her Internally Generated Revenue, large chunk of money to be given to the university should be for capital projects,” Bello said.

Bello said, “If what the committee is saying is the case, I want a forensic audit of all the tertiary institutions. The Ministry of Education and that of Finance should conduct forensic audit of the books of these institutions. We have to be prudent in spending government funds”.

Hajiya Dije Bala, Chairperson of the committee, had earlier recommended the setting up of visitation panels to all the state-owned higher institutions to harmonize some grey arrears that would be greatly required before the full take-off of the University of Education.

Justifying the need to establish a state-owned University of Education, chairperson of the committee said that an x-ray into the books of the state-owned IBB University, Lapai, showed that most of the institutions were financially viable.

She said, “Despite some noticeable wastages, I want to state that Niger State-owned university, Lapai, can stand on its own with the level of funding and its internally generated revenue and that is why we suggested that a visitation panel visit all the state-owned tertiary institutions.”