‘OAU VC, Prof. Tale Omole Squanders N500million On Swimming Pool’

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The Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, in Southwest Nigeria, Professor Tale Omole, has been accused of squandering N500million on the construction of a swimming poll used for the National University Games, NUGA, hosted by school.

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Education Rights Campaign, ERC, which made the allegation, said Prof. Omole did so while  students and staff of the institution lacked drinkable water.

ERC has launched a vigorous campaign for reduction in the institution's hiked fees and alleged graft by its VC (Omole). It has also called for a probe of university's expenditures under him.

The impasse between authorities and students over the matter was reported to have caused  eight student activists to be suspended from the university.

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The authorities, ERC says,  claimed the students were suspended due to ongoing Police investigation of their roles in the purported abduction of university officials during a recent riot on campus.

"In fact if anyone is to be probed and reprimanded, it is the Prof. ‘Tale Omole-led university management that has mismanaged the meager resources of the university.

"Despite the claim of poor funding as a basis for increasing fees, the university went ahead to squander N500 million on a swimming pool project, for the last Nigerian University Games (NUGA) games; leaving trail of corruption in its wake.

"While the university management committed a whopping N500 million on swimming pool, the university could hardly provide potable water for students and staff," ERC's National Coordinator, Hassan Taiwo, said.

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