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Enugu Govt Sets Up Committee To Probe ESCET

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Members of the investigative panel in a group photograph with Enugu SSG, Professor Chidiebere Onyia

The Enugu State governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, has constituted a 7-man investigative committee on the Enugu State College of Education Technical (ESCET).

Governor Mbah, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, said the committee’s terms of reference were to investigate grave allegations of mismanagement and corrupt administrative practices in the management of the institute and its Governing Council.

To throughly investigate the alleged fraud involving Bluetag Technologies, a financial firm contracted to collect fees for the college with unresolved issue of over N84 million; to ascertain the veracity of the alleged undue recruitment process and probe the subsequent increase in the college’s monthly subvention; and provide recommendations based on their findings regarding the appropriate measures and actions to address the issues raised in a petition to the government.

Secretary to the State Government, Professor Chidiebere Onyia during the inauguration of the probe panel at govt house

The committee, which has the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ndubueze Mbah as Chairman, Barr. Onuora Okeke as Secretary, Prof. Obiamaka Egbo, Rev. Fr. Ikechukwu Ani, Dr. Emma Onyeabor, Edmund Ngene, and Larry Oguego as members, was urged to do a credible job and make appropriate recommendations.

“It is our hope that members of this committee will bring to bear their experiences in carrying out this assignment and providing the right type of recommendations to the governor so that our teaching and learning process and model in Enugu will be world-class.

“So this committee is supposed to dig deep and unravel the issues surrounding all these allegations and provide recommendations based on your findings,” he said.

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The chairman of the committee, Prof Ndubueze Mbah while speaking on behalf the committee, thanked the governor for finding them worthy for the assignment, assuring that they would not let the state down, and would work assiduously to submit their report within the specified timeframe.

The committee has two weeks to submit its report.

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