The University of Ilorin has rejected the fraud allegation made against its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, and his predecessor, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who is now the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.
The university described the allegation as “largely empty merely rehashed to make it look real”.
Some officers of the South-West Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities had last week submitted a petition at the Ibadan office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against Ambali and Oloyede.
ASUU, in its petition had accused the two dons of alleged pension fund fraud running into N2.5 billion and called on the anti-graft agency to institute a probe into the matter.
But reacting to the allegation, the management of the university dismissed the petition, saying that those behind it, “are enemies of progress who are aghast at the pace of progress and continual giant strides being daily recorded by the university, where transparency, honesty, accountability and due process are the key elements of administration”.
In a press statement issued on behalf of the management, the institution’s Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun, said that there was nothing new in the allegations contained in the petition.
Akogun added that, “The same fellows made the same allegations in August this year while shamefacedly kicking against the nationally acknowledged well-merited appointment of Prof. Oloyede as the Registrar of JAMB. And of course, no one took them seriously, as even President Muhammadu Buhari, who is well-known for his zero tolerance for corruption, is not unaware of the due diligence credentials of the successive administrations of the University of Ilorin”.
Debunking the allegation of fraud in pension fund deductions, the university’s spokesman said, “What the administration of Prof. Oloyede did was what the law and ICPC directed all universities to do: that instead of the 7.5 being hitherto deducted from the basic salary of workers, the deduction ought to have been from the gross emolument”.