Ekpo Okemini, Umuahia
The Abia State Commissioner for Education, Ikechi Mgboji has alleged that the management of Abia State Polytechnic. Aba generated N1.2 billion in 13 months, but could not account for it.
Mgboji also accused the dissolved management of renovating the polytechnic’s Council Hall with N24 million even as it operated 43 bank accounts with different commercial banks.
He stated this while reacting to a Facebook comment on the lingering indefinite strike embarked by lecturers of the polytechnic to protest their eight months salary arrears.
The commissioner said a panel of inquiry set up by the ministry to look into the challenges facing the state-owned over-20year old institution discovered the anomalies.
He disclosed that one other startling finding made by the panel was that the polytechnic has over 800 non-tutorial staff with 45 of them working in the bookstore alone.
Contrasting this with his private school in Canada, the commissioner, who is a professor, argued that with its tens of thousands of students the school has only eight staff in its bookstore.
He also expressed disappointment with those who, he said had been blaming the present administration in the state for the predicaments of the polytechnic with facts and figures.
Insisting that the challenges predated the administration and are self-inflicted, he noted that the administration had been doing all it could within the resources available to it to address them.
Earlier, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu had dissolved the Governing Council of the polytechnic on ground of lack of managerial ability, but a member of the council, Sam Onukwu did not agree with him.
He said the council, which was barely six months in office, did not create the challenges but inherited them from successive councils and managements of the polytechnic.
He said, “It took time to exhume the rot in that institution including the statistics being bandied about around which hitherto unknown through committee that looked at the various aspects of the institution