Abuja-The Honourable Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu has constituted a seven-man high-powered Committee to Audit the Utilisation of Grants for the take-off projects in the 12 new Federal Universities established between 2011 –2013.
The former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Olufemi Bamiro will serve as Chairman with Barr. Kefas M. Magaji as Secretary. Other members of the Committee include Mr. S. L Abubakar, Engr. Mansur Ahmed, Arc. Umar Aliyu, Mr. Freddy Esenwa and Prof. Patrick Ehi Oshio.
The 12 New Universities are Federal University Lokoja, Federal University Oye-Ekiti, Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Federal University Dutse, Federal University Dutsin-Ma, and Federal University Gusau. Others are Federal University Kashere, Federal University Gashua, Federal University Birnin-Kebbi, Federal University Lafia, Federal University Otuoke, and Federal University Wukari.
The Terms of Reference for the Committee’s assignment are:
To determine the actual amount released to the NUC by TETFund as take-off grant for projects for the twelve universities; to identify and confirm the number contracts awarded, including contract sums under the take-off grants; to ascertain that due process was followed in the award of the contracts for the take-off projects.
Other assignments are: To determine the amount paid on each project, including outstanding claims if any, to date; to assess the status of the various projects implemented using the take-off grants and to make recommendations for any other issues relating to projects implementation in the 12 Universities.
The Committee which will be inaugurated by the Honourable Minister on Tuesday, 2 May 2017, is expected to complete their assignment in (12) weeks.