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Read what Reps did to Unilorin VC yesterday over 2016 budget proposals

– House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tertiary Education and Services walked out  Unilorin Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali

– Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali could not give proper accounts of how he spent money 

– The committee declined defence of the 2016 budget

The University of Ilorin Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali, was on Thursday, February 4, humiliated by House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tertiary Education and Services.

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Tertiary Education and Services walked out the Vice-Chancellor of Unilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali

Leadership reports that the committee, chaired by Hon. Aminu Suleiman, declined to look into the 2016 budget proposals of the tertiary institution over obvious overspending without adequate details in its 2015 budget performance.

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The committee chairman also raised eyebrow at the action of Ambali for spending the sum of N42 million for hotel accommodation.

A member of the committee, Hon. Kehinde Odeneye, who also frowned at the hotel expenditure wondered how the VC incurred hotel expenses to the tune of N42 million.

“How many days were spent at the hotels and who were the guests you hosted? Then another N100 million for takeoff grant for new departments without actually telling us how many they are and the things needed for the takeoff. Also N50 million on workshops and seminars. This is apart from the training grants obtained. Then, there is maintenance of buildings which also is without details,” he said.

The committee also expressed its discontentment at N49 million road culverts project which did not have detailed description in the documents presented by Prof. Ambali. The committee also referred to another N60 million earmarked for environmental upgrading that had no details in the documents.

The vice-chancellor while responding to the N42 million spent on hotel, said the University had several memoranda of understandings (MoUs) with many individuals, who were important visitors to the institution.

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But the committee in reaction to Prof. Ambali’s explanation ordered him and his delegation to leave, and declined to allow them defend the institution’s 2016 budget as initially scheduled.

The House of Representatives on Thursday, January 28, mandated its committee on Ethics and Privileges to investigate allegations of corruption involving some lawmakers. The directive was in response to the point of order raised by the deputy minority whip, Yakubu Barde that some lawmakers had shared the sum of N50 million and 150 motorcycles to the House leadership.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has reacted to former president, Olusegun Obasanjo’s letters to the leadership of the National Assembly, describing it as misdirected.

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