..Call for sanction of VCs with corrupt allegations
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA-THE National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, has lamented that there was persistent corruption in the university system in the country, and advised the Federal Government to sanction Vice Chancellors that had been indicted for corrupt practices.
The Association noted with dismay the economic hardship occasioned by the current recession in the country and appealed to the government to put in place machineries to arrest the situation.
NAAT in a communique issued at the end of its 32nd National Executive Meeting, NEC, held at the University of Calabar, Cross River State which was made available to journalists in Abuja, yesterday, also urged the Federal Government to put in place necessary mechanism to monitor judicious utilization of The Paris Club Refund recently released to the States.
According to the communique signed by the association’s General Secretary, Comrade Comrade Hamilton Iyoyo, the NEC which was presided over by its National President, Comrade Alhaji Sani Suleiman, thanked God for the recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The communique read in parts, “NAAT observes with dismay, the current economic recession being experienced by the country and urges FGN to quickly put in motion all machineries necessary to arrest the situation, in order to bring succour to the suffering masses.
“NAAT notes with serious dissatisfaction, the persistent corruption cases within the University System, and therefore appeals to FGN to expedite actionin sanctioning any Vice-Chancellor against whom a prima facie case has been established.
“NAAT expresses gratitude to God for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari from his recent health challenge, and pray that the Almighty God would grant him complete healing to enable him continue to govern the affairs of the country.
“NAAT commends the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) for the giant strides made in strengthening the value of our National Currency against foreign currencies in recent times. The Union urges continuity in this regard.
“NAAT frowns at the shortfall in personnel cost currently experienced by Federal and State Universities, and therefore urges FGN as a matter of urgency to arrest the situation for sustenance of peace in the UniversitySystem.
“NAAT expresses displeasure over non-payment of the balance of earned allowances arrears and FGN’s lack of commitment to fully implement the 2009 FGN/NAAT Agreement.
“The Union therefore demands immediate payment of the arrears and full implementation of the Agreement in order to avoid possible industrial disharmony. NAAT equally implores FGN to speed up the Agreement Renegotiation process going on between Unions and the FGN Team.”
On the issue of insecurity in the country, “NAAT commends FGN for the efforts so far made in the restoration of peace in troubled regions of the country.
“However, more still needs to be done in tackling insecurity in the following areas; kidnapping, bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers as exemplified in the recent killings in Zaki Biam, Benue State.
“NAAT recommends that FGN should put in place necessary mechanism to monitor State Governments, to ensure judicious utilization of The Paris Club Refund recently released to the States.”
The association also advised the National Assembly “to be more concerned with serious issues confronting the nation such as; the economic recession, insecurity, infrastructural decay and others, rather than wasting tax-payers money on irrelevant issues such as certificate saga, witch-hunting of one another, etc.”