UniAbuja VC denies probe of Distance Learning Centre



The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Michael Adikwu, has denied alleged corrupt practices at the institutions’ Centre for Distance Learning (CDL).

Adikwu told newsmen in Abuja on Sunday that the alleged mismanagement and diversion of funds in the centre was sponsored, false and speculative.

He said that the panel constituted for the centre was to enhance its works because many students complained about the late release of results.

Adikwu also denied any fraudulent practices in the running of the university either during admission of students or change of courses.

The vice-chancellor, however, admitted that the centre was being overhauled with the injection of fresh hands to run the place.

He described the alleged recruitment of 200 non-essential staff without due process as untrue and laughable.

“The university only regularised the appointments of those who were earlier on temporary appointments with the approval and knowledge of the Federal Character Commission.

He said that the institution did not lose any accreditation in some courses, and pointed out that UniAbuja enjoyed the confidence of accrediting authorities, including the National Universities Commission.

According to him, in no distance time the varsity will attain full accreditation in most courses.

Adikwu said that the university staff were not being owed arrears of salary and allowances.

“Management have been cleaning off a staff register that is riddled with adjunct employments and ad hoc-contract staff with some having an upward of 10 years without any renewal.’’

He said that staff members who had legitimate claims would be paid once the institution’s revenue improved, adding that UniAbuja’s subventions had diminished significantly since January.

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