The Registrar and Bursar of Benue State University, Makurdi, Dr Timothy Utile and Mr Aondoakaa Kwaghfan respectively, have been relieved of their duties before the expiration of their tenures, according to a source.
The source disclosed that the decision was taken after the duo were indicted by the report of a seven-man visitation panel set up by the state Governor, Samuel Ortom to review the activities of the institution from 2010 to 2015, most of which was during the tenure of former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charity Angya.
The Chairman of the panel, Professor Zachary Gundu, while submitting the report to the Governor last December, had alleged that principal officers of the institution were involved in fraudulent practices.
According to him, “Each Principal Officer in BSU collects a Housing Allowance of N6, 418,280 per annum as against N649, 939 per annum in extant salary scales. This means that for every month, BSU Principal Officers collect N534, 856.67k per month as housing allowance instead of N54, 161.00 per month. There are other instances of payroll manipulation in respect of allowances of Principal Officers especially the Vice Chancellor,”
“Council had also approved the renovation and furnishing of the VC’s Lodge for the former Vice Chancellor at the cost of N22, 398,318.00. This money was given to her directly. Yet when she moved into the Lodge, she was given a furniture grant of N20 million. She vandalized the Lodge when she was moving out.” he stated.
It is believed that these allegations and more led to the sack of the Registrar and Bursar, who were key figures in the past administration of the university.
The governing council of the institution has also been dissolved.