By Martin Paul in Abuja
Authorities of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), have vowed to take operators of an illegal centre Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) of the university to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged collection of unapproved fees for admission into the institution.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah, who made the vow yesterday in Abuja at an interactive session with the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN), the university authorities would not tolerate any act capable of bringing the name of the institution into disrepute.
Na’allah said on assumption of office, unsuspecting parents and students, complained that they were duped of huge amounts of money for admission into the JUPEB programme.
He disclosed that a committee had been set up to investigate the fraud and if any of the staff of the university was found culpable, he or she, irrespective of position or status, would be handed over to the EFCC or other security agencies for prosecution.
The Director of School of Advanced Basic and Remedial Studies, Uniabuja, Prof. Abdul Buba, who further spoke on the activities of the illegal operators said the programme had never received the approval of the senate which is the decision maker of the institution.
According to him, JUPEB operates within the affliated university and not outside which he added was the case in question.
On his plan for the university, the Vice chancellor said Uniabuja a centre of choice for diplomats stressing that the location is an added advantage.
He stated that the institution is collaborating with China faculty to offer Railway Engineering in order to move away from colonial rail system.
“We will approach National Universities Commission (NUC) for approval and when that is done, will be one of the first University to achieve that in the sub-region”, he said.