PDP decries frivolous award of contracts in Ekiti varsity

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 27th, 2014

PDP logoThe Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over what it termed the siphoning of public funds in the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti by the Governing Council of the institution through the awards of frivolous contracts.

The State Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Oluwawole, in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday alleged that the latest round of illegal financial transaction by the council would see the award of phoney contracts to the tune of N2.5 billion later this week.

The statement reads in parts, “As the party that will form the incoming administration in the state, the PDP has to draw the attention of the people of the state to official misconduct going on in EKSU.

“The Governing Council of the institution has not met for over six months now and a meeting has been fixed for Thursday where phoney contracts valued at N2.5 billion will be awarded. The contracts were not advertised for tender, they was no bidding process. The contracts never passed through due process as expected, but they want to award them.

“It is disheartening that such actions are being perpetrated in a citadel of learning, a university for that matter. This is coming against the backdrop of the illegal employment of over 1,000 workers in the institution, and all these are taking place after the incumbent governor was defeated in the June 21 election”, he said.

Stressing that the incoming PDP administration was worried by “the persistent looting of the state’s treasury” by the outgoing All Progressives Congress-led administration, Oluwawole then warned the university’s Governing Council to desist from such act as the incoming government would certainly check the financial books of the university and ensure that reckless spending of the state fund would not go unpunished.

“Staff of EKSU and civil servants in the state service should not allow any politician to rubbish their career because such politicians will not be around to beg for them for allowing themselves to be used to defraud the state”, he added.

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