ByÂ Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Imo State government has directed the embattled Vice Chancellor of Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, Prof Innocent Okonkwo, to â€œrefund the sum of N55 million, which he falsely claimed heÂ paid to Education Tax Fund (ETF) as penaltyâ€.
Similarly, government directed the institutionâ€™s Governing Council to retire Prof Okonkwo from the services of the University with immediate effect.
These directives were contained inÂ the 46-page government white paper on the report of the Visitation Panel into the affairs of IMSU, from 2004 till date.
According to the white paper, â€œgovernment frowns at the level of fraud, incompetence and lack of integrity exhibited by Prof Okonkwo, as highlighted by the Visitation Panelâ€.
Government also directed the Governing Council of the University to recover from the Vice Chancellor, Prof Okonkwo, the Bursar, Mrs. Nwugo and Chief Henry Eke, the sum of over N25 million, which was illegally extorted from graduating students and return same to the students.
â€œGovernment directs the Imo State University Governing Council to take necessary steps to the recover the sum of N70 million from E.N. Bob Lawrence Nig. Ltd, and its Managing Director, being the total sum of money spent on the remedial works carried out on the collapsed 3,000 capacity ETF Buildingâ€, the white paper said.
On the issue of Mr. Chris Osuafor, government directed the Governing Council to recover salaries paid to him under the false pretence that he had a Doctorate Degree.