The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has revealed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is currently investigating three federal universities established by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan over allegations of financial misconducts.
The Minister disclosed this during the inauguration of a seven-man probe panel on the 12 new federal universities established by Jonathan’s administration between 2011 and 2013.
The universities under investigation are the federal university, Lokoja; federal university, Oye-Ekiti; federal university, Ndufu-Alike; federal university, Dutse; and federal university, Gusau.
Others are the federal university, Gashua; federal university, Birnin-Kebbi; federal university, Lafia; and federal university, Wukari.
Adamu said the EFCC is probing how the universities utilized the take-off grants released to them by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
The minister said: “The EFCC is also currently investigating a number of allegations of financial impropriety arising from the utilization of the take-off grants in some of the universities such as Kashere, Dutsin-Ma and Otuoke.
“It is highly desired, in line with the stance of the present administration on transparency and accountability in public affairs, that an audit of the utilization of the grants for the take-off projects in the 12 universities be undertaken.”
While stressing that the audit panel was not an attempt to witch-hunt anybody, the minister advised members of the committee to discharge their responsibility with diligence and seriousness it deserves.
The committee was mandated to determine the actual amount released to the National Universities Commission (NUC) by TETFund as take-off grant for projects in the 12 universities.