By Mohammed Munirat Nasir
Gusau ( Nigeria) – Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Federal Polytechnic Kaura Namoda chapter , northwest of the country has asked the Federal government to compel the Rector, Ahmed Abubakar Lugga to refund over N3bn allegedly looted by his led management of the institution.
The union had on 16th January, passed a Vote of No Confidence on the management following the financial misappropriation and diversion of public fund and sent a petition to the Governing Council which forced the council to send the entire Principal officers on compulsory leave.
Addressing a press conference in Gusau, the ASUP chairman, Umar Usman Maikunkele said the Union would not relent until the looted fund was fully recovered.
The ASUP chairman said the Investigation panel set up by the Governing Council after the completion of its investigation revealed that, four of the Principal officers of the institution including the Deputy Rector, Librarian, Registrar and the Bursar were served with letters relieving them of their positions, while a recommendation in respect of the Rector has been communicated to the Minister of Education.
“While the Union appreciates the efforts of the Panel of Investigation under the chairmanship of Jazuli Imam Galadanchi and the Governing Council for the bold step taken; the Union wants to make it categorically clear that Ahmed Abubakar Lugga must refund the looted fund of over N3bn to the coffers of the Federal Polytechnic, Kaura Namoda that was either misappropriated or diverted during his tenure as the Chief Executive,” he said.
Maikunkele said the Union was on 5th of this month invited by the EFCC to adopt the petition sent to it regarding the looted N3bn.
However in his reaction, the Rector, Lugga who is currently on compulsory leave, dismissed the allegations saying that he was not going to make further comments.
The Polytechnic is currently being ran by an Interim management.