By: Mai Kasuwa.
The management of the University of E-bad-an has rusticated ‘character’ from the institution and unveiled plans to kick-start a new Institute for ‘Budget Padding’ and Corruption Studies.
This was disclosed at the highlights of the closing event of the institution’s 71st convocation held at the International Conference Centre.
According to the vice-chancellor, Prof. Edowwu Olayyinka, the Senate at its Special Sitting held on Sunday evening at Abe-Igi in Abadina resolved to rusticate ‘Character’ and henceforth award the institution’s degrees to only those worthy in ‘learning.’
He noted that, “Hitherto, the University of E-bad-an had always awarded its certificates to students found worthy in ‘character and learning’ but things have changed and the senate which comprises many professors lacking in character decided to rusticate ‘Character’ and henceforth award degrees based on learning.
“You see, all those awarded UI degrees at the various levels were solely based on learning. Even those given automatic appointments were based on academic performance. Although they may have some character… but what’s my business?”
Responding to allegations by ICPC that University of E-bad-an was one of the institutions indicted in budget padding, he confirmed that it was true that UI budget was padded under his watch.
He, however, noted that the padding was to fund the Institute for Budgeting Padding and Corruption Studies; the first of its kind in Nigeria.
He argued that it was high time Nigeria built a National University of Corruption (NUC); in the meantime in its absence, the institute would do. He equally said he would be willing to be the pioneering Chancellor of Vice of the institution.
When asked if he thinks he could lead the institution, he interjected: Why not? “My mischievous credentials, professional qualifications in deflating gra-gra and over 30 years impertinence to due process in the academia give me an unequaled edge among my contemporaries in the corrupt world to lead the NUC,” Olayyinka said.
It would be recalled that UI, UNN, UCH, and some tertiary institutions were recently shortlisted for a ‘Budget Padding’ award under the aegis of the ICPC. The award ceremony is scheduled to hold on Boxing Day, 26 December 2019, at the plenary of the National Assembly.
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