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Ohodo Fed. Poly: Group rejects appointment of Onyeneje as Rector, petitions FG

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Members of the Involved Residents of Enugu State (CCES) have petitioned the related authorities over the latest appointment of the sacked Rector of the Institute of Administration and Know-how (IMT) Enugu Prof. Edwin Onyeneje as the brand new rector of the newly established Federal Polytechnic Ohodo, Igbo-Etiti LGA of Enugu State.

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Within the petition dated April 12, 2021 signed by members of the group, which embrace Dr. Winifred Asogwa, Dr. Steve Udegbunam, Dr. Mrs. Veronica Ogbodo, Mr. Chukwuma Ugwuagbo and Mr. Onyemaechi Nnaji and copied Chief of Workers to the President of Nigeria, Honourable Minister of State for Schooling, Chairman of ICPC, Govt Secretary Nationwide Board For Technical Schooling and Nationwide President of Educational Workers Union of Polytechnic (ASUP), they kicked in opposition to the appointment within the mild that Prof. Onyeneje was dismissed from workplace as Rector of IMT after being discovered wanting of maladministration by a Judicial Fee of Inquiry arrange by Enugu State Authorities and has been underneath prosecution by the Unbiased Corrupt Practices and different associated Comission since then.

The petition reads: “Following the latest appointment of Principal Officers and Governing Council Members for the brand new Polytechnics and Schools of Schooling, we the undersigned are constrained to provide you with a warning that a large injury, though reversible, has been performed to each the change and anti-corruption mantra of the President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) administration by the appointment of Professor Edwin Onyeneje because the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Ohodo, Enugu State.

“Certainly, the individuals of Enugu State are shocked at what could have knowledgeable such a distasteful and embarrassing appointment which in all reasonableness marks a big reversal of all of the measures put in place by this administration to enthrone competence, public probity, and accountability in service. This disappointment and outcry is knowledgeable by the next:

“Professor Edwin Onyeneje was appointed Rector of the Institute of Administration and Know-how, Enugu in October 2007 and was faraway from workplace in October 2011 by the Enugu State Authorities for generalised incompetence and abdication of duty following the withdrawal of accreditation of Nationwide Diploma (ND) and Larger Diploma (HND) programmes of IMT by the Nationwide Board for Technical Schooling (NBTE). (see attachment A);

“A Judicial Fee of Inquiry instituted into the affairs of the Institute of Administration and Know-how, Enugu on thirtieth November 2011 by the then Governor of Enugu State of Nigeria, His Excellency, Governor Sullivan Iheanacho Chime, Esq discovered amongst others that:

“The instant previous Rector (Professor Onyeneje) of the Institute failed to supply the required management in managing the affairs of the Institute particularly with regard to the next:
Failure to convene educational board conferences which is the very best determination making organ of the Institute on educational issues and thereby disadvantaged the Institute of the advantage of acquiring the enter of very excessive rating and skilled colleagues in coping with challenges within the Institute;

Failure to pro-actively have interaction with regulating companies particularly NYSC and NBTE after warning letters have been issued to the Institute way back to June 2011;

Failure to convey the problems contained within the letters to the eye of Governing Council of the Institute (Council), which ought to have in flip introduced it to the eye of the Customer;

Allowing the continuation of HND Public Administration programme as a course of examine within the establishment with out accreditation by the NBTE;

Authorizing the mobilization of graduands for NYSC Batches A and B 2010/2011, in extra of authorised quantity (The NBTE directed the non-mobilization of the scholars till the decision of the matter, however the Rector approved the mobilization of the
college students with out additional reference to the NBTE.); (vi) Abdication of his responsibility to the ASREC, Mr. Basil Offoh.

“The Fee went on to suggest as follows: The Commision thought-about the roles performed by the instant previous Rector and different key officers of the Institute resulting in non-compliance with educational guidelines and laws. In view of this, the Rector and all individuals who’ve held the positions of Deputy Rector, Director of Educational Planning, Director of Faculty of Enterprise and Head of Division of Public Administration between November 2007 and November 2011 are discovered culpable for the non-compliance, and are due to this fact indicted.

“The fee additionally additional advisable that for the breach of a number of sections of the monetary laws together with the fee of the sum of N30,000,000 (thirty million Naira) with out fee voucher, the Rector needs to be held accountable;

“Whereas the Fee frowned on the sordid monetary recklessness exhibited by the stated former Rector, it advisable that additional motion be taken in respect of the N1,000,000,000 (One Billion Naira) made obtainable to the Institute by the Tertiary Schooling Belief Fund (TET Fund).

“On invitation by the Institute authorities, ICPC was apprised of the matter, and after an exhaustive investigation, indicted and charged Professor Edwin Onyeneje and three others to the Federal Excessive Court docket Enugu in SUIT NO.FHC/EN/CR/72/15. To date within the stated go well with, Professor Onyeneje and three others have made a no case submission, and the Court docket has dominated that they’ve a case to reply.”

They stated following from the above, “two irrefutable realities objectifying the wrongful and detestable appointment of Professor Edwin Onyeneje because the Rector of Federal Polytechnic Ohodo are, first, that he was faraway from workplace by the Enugu State Authorities for a demonstrated incompetence in virtually working the State Polytechnic, the Institute of Administration and Know-how, aground. He was additional indicted by a Judicial Fee set as much as look into the affairs of Institute.

“The appointment of Professor Onyeneje gives the look that the appointing authorities view the actions of NBTE in withdrawing accreditation for all ND and HND programs in IMT underneath his watch, NYSC in banning IMT from NYSC scheme underneath his watch and State Authorities in eradicating him from workplace for dereliction of responsibility and incompetence as inconsequential.
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“Onyeneje is underneath the indictment of ICPC and presently present process prosecution on the Federal Excessive Court docket Enugu within the matter Ref. FHC/EN/CR/72/15 – Federal Republic of Nigeria Vs (1) Prof. E. Onyeneje, (2) Dr Leonard Ugwu, (3) Elder Frederick Onah, (4) Basil Offoh from which the court docket has not too long ago dominated that these defendants have case to reply as charged for Stealing, Acquiring by false pretence, Malfeasance in workplace and so on. The appointment of such a excessive degree authorities official with such a humongous baggage by the Federal Authorities gives the look that both no safety test was carried out on him, or that his emergence was fraught with unimaginable schemes erected to break down all fault traces together with his indictments and ongoing prosecution by the identical Federal Authorities.

“Is that this not the identical Authorities that got here into workplace on anti-corruption mantra in 2015 and has been combating corruption? Is that this not the identical Authorities that eliminated the Director Basic of Nationwide Broadcasting Fee Is’haq Moddibo Kawu from workplace in February 2020, for being prosecuted by the ICPC for the alleged corruption to the tune of N2.5b? Why now sparing and appointing Prof. Onyeneje that was faraway from workplace as Rector of IMT, and underneath indictment and prosecution by ICPC as Rector of the newly established Federal Polytechnic Ohodo?

“What message is the Federal Authorities passing to Nigerians particularly the individuals of Enugu State by such appointment? That is ridiculous and unbelievable. On this respect, we dare ask if the Federal Authorities doesn’t trust in ICPC.

“Our surmise is that the appointing authorities have performed grave injustice to the individuals of Enugu State, and injury to NBTE, ICPC, and certainly, the felony justice system of this nation by the appointment of Professor Onyeneje because the Rector of Federal Polytechnic Ohodo. Whereas we go away the NBTE and ICPC to type out the obvious rubbishing of their regulatory and investigatory roles with their Principal (FGN), we name the eye of the Federal Authorities to the deleterious penalties of sustaining this appointment.”

They sought “a right away reversal of the appointment of Professor Edwin Onyeneje because the Rector of Federal Polytechnic Ohodo, Enugu State, and have him changed with one other candidate, for the straightforward causes of his demonstrated incompetence and indictments on this place beforehand and his ongoing prosecution by the Federal Authorities on the Federal Excessive Court docket, Enugu. Professor Onyeneje needs to be allowed to purge himself of his felony indictment already within the Federal Excessive Court docket of Justice.”

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