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.
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.