Reps summon education minister, directors over polytechnic’s unaudited financial accounts

The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and other Directors at his Ministry, over alleged frustration of the submission of financial audit reports of 2018 and 2019 by the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Imo State.

The public accounts committee, led by Rep. Wole Oke (PDP-Osun), issued the summon while making submissions on the audited accounts of the Polytechnic from its Rector, Dr Michael Arimanwa.

The Rector had told the Committee that he could not render audited accounts of the institution for years, because the Minister of Education, Dr Adamu, through directors at the ministry, had dissolved the governing council of the institution, making the audit process for the years under review impossible.

According to him, “Audit for the year 2018 and 2019 have not been done, because the tenure of the former external auditor expired, and we had to engage another firm, but it had issues and the tenure of the former governing council elapsed; so we were told by the Ministry of Education, that we should wait until a new Governing Council, is constituted.

“So within that time (2018-2019), we were running the Polytechnic, without a governing council and without audit”, he told the Committee.

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Engr. Arimanwa also told the Committee that the polytechnic generated about N4.9billion from 2018 to 2019, from students’ tuition fee and other services offered by the Polytechnic.

He was however could to give details on the expenditure of the fund and how much was realised from sells of drugs by the school’s Clinic during the period under review.

He also could not provide information on details of what the school received as Tertiary Education Trust Fund grants from the Federal government.

The Committee besides lashing at the Minister of Education for what they said was a breach of section 85(3) of the 1999 constitution, also queried the Polytechnic’s expenditure of N653million in only two years(2018-2019) for Internet infrastructure Consultancy services.

Section 85(3) says all agencies of government, must provide audit reports of their expenditure or budgets, not later than May 31st of the succeeding year.

The Committee resolved to carry out further oversight of the institution next week, to ascertain the claims on certain projects, as contained in their presentation to the Committee.

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