For teaching and non-teaching staff of the Federal University Wukari in Taraba State; slashes, delays, and in most cases non-payment of salaries has become an inevitable practice as a result of the continuous alleged pilfering of funds by the Vice-Chancellor especially through the payment of Duty Tour Allowance (DTA).
Documents in possession of this online news medium reveal that the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abubakar Musa Kundiri in connivance with his gang in the institution has been in the nefarious act of allegedly siphoning funds meant for workers which was clearly seen in the University’s approval for a free accommodation and payment of rent subsidy in full during service for the VC with principal officers enjoying a 200% of basic salary per annum and payment of rent subsidy in full even though all were living in government quarters.
The Council Chairman was not left out of the National cake as his local duty tour allowance was hiked from N35,000,00 (Thirty-Five Thousand Naira ) to N120, 000,00 (One Hundred Twenty Thousand Naira ) alongside an official car and a driver which are all against government financial regulations.
On his Duty Tour jamboree, it was revealed that on 2nd December 2016, the Vice-Chancellor was given a whopping sum of N617,000 (Six Hundred And Seventeen Thousand Naira) for Duty Tour Allowance (DTA) and flight ticket to attend the convocation ceremony of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) which was held on 3rd December 2016. He was also given N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) to Abuja just to attend an Anti-Corruption Conference scheduled from 6th to 9th December 2016.
Similarly, using the same date 2nd December 2016, the Vice-Chancellor received N557,000 (Five Hundred and Fifty-Seven Thousand Naira) as DTA to Abuja for Nigerian Higher Educational Summit which held on 21st to 23rd December in the same 2016.
The sum of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) was further disbursed to him as DTA for a trip to Abuja for a meeting with a committee on Tertiary Education and Services held on 27th October 2016 and subsequently N400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira) to Abuja for an official engagement with TET Fund and Federal Ministries.
The unending excessive DTA list also showed that the sum of N534,000 (Five Hundred and Thirty-Four Thousand Naira) was paid as DTA on 4th June 2017 as Airfare to Babcock University with N434,000 (Four Hundred Thirty-Four Thousand Naira) also approved as DTA on 17th June 2017 as Airfare to Akwa Ibom State University.
In what could be best described as a systematic looting pattern by the VC to amass more wealth for himself by using fabricated and padded DTA requests, the sum of N534,000 (Five Hundred and Thirty-Four Thousand Naira) we learnt was also approved as Airfare DTA to University of Lagos for March conference from 15th to 17 August 2017 with another sum of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) as DTA from 30th may to 1st June 2017 for AVCNU meeting in Abuja.
The sum of N400,000 (Four Hundred Thousand Naira) as DTA was also released on 20th May, 2017 for his trip to Gombe state without any reason attached, N537,000 (Five Hundred Thirty-Seven Thousand Naira) and N200,000 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) was paid to him at about 18:00 on 2nd December 2016 as DTA for his alleged trip to Abuja to attend forum for laureate of Nigerian Order of Merit Award Lecture and DTA to Yola state for AUN’S founders day on 19th November respectively.
N300,000 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) was released for a trip to Abuja to attend a meeting with Senate Committee on Tertiary Institution and TET fund on 5th July 2017, N534,000 (Five Hundred Thirty Four Thousand Naira) as Air ticket and local run to Ibadan for 8th Annual Sustainable Development Summit 2017 and N874,000 (Eight Hundred Seventy Four Thousand Naira)as Air ticket and local run to Lagos to attend a 2 day workshop by Association of Commonwealth University. All totaling about N7,421,000 (Seven Million, Four Hundred and Twenty One Thousand Naira)
Prof. Abubakar Musa Kundiri has taken full advantage of his office to allegedly embezzle funds with most of them stashed away in his Fidelity Bank account number 4020836907. While he enjoys himself, the petitioner noted that this has left many staff members in debts and has broken families.