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KWASU: Allegations against Prof Ambali unfounded – Civic Group 

 

The allegations of mismanagement, abuse of office and fraud that a faction of the KWASU chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) levelled against former Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali have been described as unfounded.
The Gamji Members Association of Nigeria, Kwara State chapter, (GAMA), a civic group comprising top academics in Unilorin and other tertiary institutions, made the disclosure in a statement on Monday.
A faction of ASUU in KWASU had in a petition to Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq said Prof Ambali was unfit to head the Governor’s Visitation Panel to the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, on the ground that he allegedly committed several infractions during his tenure as the headship of Unilorin. The petition was signed by Dauda Adeshola and Olayiwola Olorisade.
But GAMA asserted in the statement by its Chairman, Dr Mohammed Ghali of the Department of Veterinary Medicine (Unilorin), that all the allegations were clearly targeted at frustrating the appointment of Prof Ambali and the state assignment given to him by Governor Abdulrazaq.
“We have taken time to study the eight-point petition as members of the affected university community and we found it to be spurious, malicious, injurious to the hard-earned integrity of Prof Ambali and therefore in bad faith because none of the allegations is true,” according to the statement.
“For instance, on the allegation of collusion with a group of academic staff to defraud the union by remitting check-off dues to unknown persons, we say this is a blatant lie. The record is there that remittances of the check-off dues were made only to account operated by the duly elected ASUU executives. How does remittance to the account of the legally constituted ASUU amount to collusion?
“The second issue about the ASUU members that the court ordered their reinstatement predated the tenure of Prof Ambali. Besides, all the decisions of the court had been complied with by his predecessor. It is sad that the factional ASUU of KWASU could seek to indict a man not connected to this issue.
“From  the  foregoing,  it  is  clear that  the writers  of the unfounded petition just wanted to deliberately  malign  the person  and  integrity of Prof Ambali.  It  is  even surprising  that  a  faction  of  ASUU KWASU  Malete  should  be  raising  dust  for  incidents  that  purportedly  happened  at  the University  of  Ilorin,  when  ASUU  Unilorin  has  all  the  correct  information  of  what transpired during his tenure as the VC.
“As members of the academic community, especially in University of Ilorin, it is on record that Prof Ambali’s administration recorded huge success  in  addressing  many  infrastructural  challenges  and  made  palpable  efforts  in improving academic quality, creating more academic programmes and maintaining peace and  tranquility  on  campus,  as  inherited  from  his  predecessors.”

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