By Festus Ahon
ASABA—YOUTHS, under the aegis of Coalition of Urhobo Youths Organisation, CUYO, yesterday, frowned at media reports which alleged that the management of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, FUPRE, misappropriated the sum of N300 million, meant for the National Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy, NEEDS, in the institution.
The group, in a statement by its Chairman, Mr Mudiaga Abiri, described the “unconfirmed allegations” as unhealthy, noting that the allegation was a systematic destruction of the university by its sponsors.
The statement said: “We have watched these ugly developments in the past four months and conclude that it is high time we addressed this plot to destroy the only petroleum university in Nigeria.
“Over the past four months, there have been unconfirmed allegations of financial fraud against the university’s management on the pages of newspapers and social media.
“While we know that the unconfirmed allegations are against the former management and governing council, our investigation revealed a calculated attempt to destroy the reputation of the current Vice Chancellor, Prof Akii Ibhabode as if it was his management that was involved in the allegations.”