By Peter Okhiria
CHAIRMAN of the Governing Council of the Delta State College of Physical Education, Mosogar, Chief Joseph Omene, has dismissed newspaper reports that the institution management has been embroiled in a nest of corruption, which has been exposed by the electronic payment system popularly known as e-payment.
In his official reaction, Omene explained that the purported fraud story was a figment of the imagination of rumour peddlers who were out to destabilize the peace and the smooth running of the school system.
The Governing Council chairman remarked that having failed with the organized labourâ€™s ten point demand and threat of industrial action, it is certain that wicked cabals who wanted the school grounded to a halt would device means to cause trouble in the college.
He maintained that he was the first to notice the abnormally in the e-payment system and drew the management attention to it but after thorough investigation, â€œI discovered that it was nothing but a computer error from the office of the Accountant-General of the state,â€ he said, adding that the money had been paid back into government confers by the schoolâ€™s management.
The Rector told newsmen that the e-payment error emanated from the office of the Accountant-General because at the time of the payment, the data capturing machine had not captured the update and advised journalists to always cross-check their facts before publishing.
He also used the opportunity to brief newsmen on the management/labour dispute and promised to settle the dispute in the overall interest of the college.
The Bursar of the school, Mr. Monday Ichide, told journalists at the office of theÂ Deputy Provost of the College that when a staff leaves the employment of the institution, the College renders update on such a staff to the office of the Accountant-General of the state at Asaba, and it takes a period of one month to capture; while the salary of such staff is returned to Asaba.