Group tells UNILAG to address graft allegation
TETFund canvasses increased education tax
Concerned Stakeholders of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) has called on the management of the institution to respond to allegations of corruption against it rather than label the accusers as “faceless”.
The group, which said its members were drawn from the alumni, staff, parents and students, had raised certain issues through publications in national dailies. Key among them was that Dutum, the contractor responsible for the construction of the collapsed university library building, was back on site since Saturday, June 15, 2019, contrary to directives of the University Council.
The publications also alleged that N112 million was spent on the renovation of official quarters as against the N50 million declared by university authorities. But the Principal Assistant Registrar (Communication), UNILAG, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, stated, “The attention of the university has been drawn to a publication in one of the national dailies of June 26, with the signatories to the publication claiming to be representatives of the entire interest groups of the university, with members cutting across staff, parents, guardians, alumni, pensioners and others.
“It should be clearly stated here that there is no group, formal or informal of this university, that cuts across the classes of persons mentioned in the publication.”
In another development, the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) has called for collaboration with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) to widen the revenue base to fund institutions in the country.
Executive secretary, TETFUND, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, who made the call yesterday in Lagos at an interactive forum themed ‘Mitigating the Challenges of Education Tax Collection in a Recuperating Economy’, said an increase in the tax collection would translate to more funds for the institutions and their various projects.
According to him, TETFund is required by law to fund all tertiary public educational institutions nationwide but finds it difficult to upgrade facilities in the institutions to the international standards given the competing demand for funding. He said as a result of the large demand for funds, TETFund’s monies are spread across the institutions, thereby creating little impact, with new tertiary institutions established by state governments at regular basis relying fully on the fund for their capital projects.