Benue State University Reacts To Allegations Of Financial Impropriety Against VC
Benue State University, Makurdi

Benue State University (BSU) says, allegations of financial impropriety making rounds in university circles against the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Moses Kembe, are false.

Tser Vanger, the university’s Information Officer, told NAN on Thursday in Makurdi that such allegations were “completely unfounded”.

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He denies that the VC diverted funds meant for the payment of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) for the procurement of exotic cars for top officers of the university.

Also, he quashes insinuations that lectures were held in dilapidated buildings marked for demolition.

However, Vanger admits school fees were increased but not diverted for purchase of cars.

He notes that those that were in default of school fees were not allowed to sit for semester examinations.

“This is a computer age and students who pay their fees are also expected to do online registration for the courses being offered.

“Where such students fail to register such causes online, nobody will mark their scripts even when they write such examinations.

“I don’t know anything about new cars, it is not true that such cars are bought by the university,” he explains.

Meanwhile, sources who preferred anonymity told NAN that new cars were bought by the university at exorbitant prices for top university managers.

The sources allege that the cars were bought from the proceeds of the increased school fees while the university declined to pay the lecturers their allowances.

NAN also gathered that the VC allegedly owed lecturers’ EAA for 55 months, those handling Post Graduate (PG) courses and sandwich programmes were also owed three years allowances respectively.

The sources allege that the VC purchased a Lexus Jeep valued at N75 million, four Toyota Camry vehicles (2018 model) each valued at N35 million, two Hilux vans and two Toyota Corolla cars (2015 model) valued at N11 million each for the top officers of the university.

Also, the sources express their regret with the condition of learning at the institution and describes it as “appalling”.

They say ceiling fans and bulbs were dysfunctional while sanitary conditions were at their lowest ebb.