*Says Prof. Bugaje was indicted, sanctioned in Govt White paper
Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna
Between the Executive Secretary National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Professor ldris Mohammed Bugaje and Kaduna Polytechnic Stakeholders’ Forum, is a fight to finish.
Kadpoly stakeholders forum in a statement signed by it’s Chairman and Secretary Malam Musa Muhammad and Mr Joseph Kazachan, accused the NBTE boss Prof. Bugaje of indicted in a White Paper on the report of the Visitation Panel to the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa where he was a Rector.
The forum in a statement made available to our correspondent on Wednesday night expressed dismay that such person could have been appointed Rector of Kaduna polytechnic.
“We all recall that, based on some justifiable negative perceptions about him, a lots of groups protested the emergence of Prof. Bugaje as the Rector of the polytechnic as contained in a letter of complaint by Concerned Youth Citizens of Nigeria dated 22nd September 2017, and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari”,
“In the letter, the group wondered how Professor Bugaje who “was indicted and Sanctioned in a Government White Paper” on the report of the Visitation Panel to the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, where he was a Rector could, be appointed as a Rector of the Kaduna Polytechnic”, it stated.
The Forum also stated that In the White Paper to which the above reference was made and which was dated 5th October, 2004, the Federal Ministry of Education confirmed that “most of the allegations which were leveled against the Rector Dr I.M. Bugaje have been substantiated.”
“It was further stated that the Visitor to the institution” is also aware of the strained relationship between Dr Bugaje and the immediate community’’ and therefore directed that “the second tenure of Dr I.M Bugaje should not be renewed.”
The findings of the Visitation Panel which provided the basis of the government’s decision were, as stated, in a letter dated 10th April, 2005 and signed by the Director in charge of Higher Education at the time, Dr P S Abdu, on behalf of the Minister of Education, and addressed to Bugaje, were “the provision of cash advance to unconfirmed officers and “glaring cases of violation of financial regulations such that the Accountant General’s Inspection Report directed immediate compliance.”
“All the above are enough to show Bugaje’s antecedents which are all about misconduct and irregularities.
It is therefore not surprising that as Rector of the Kaduna Polytechnic and up till now as the ES of the NBTE, has continued to demonstrate a tendency for the creation and sustenance of a crisis situation which will cripple the institution.
Earlier, the forum In a statement accused Prof. of undue interferences in the affairs in the
Titled: Professor Bubaje’s Undue lnterferences in The Affairs of Kaduna Polytechnic, the forum said it’s not unaware of what his interferences in the affairs of the institution is rapidly generating.
“Our Forum which comprises critical stakeholders in the administration and future of the Kaduna Polytechnic is not unaware of the huge concern that the undue interference of the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Professor Idris Mohammed Bugaje, in the affairs of the institution, is rapidly generating.
“The Forum has fully noticed that the concern predicates on the fear that the situation, if not properly handled, will degenerate into a full-blown crisis that can rob the institution of the stability it is currently enjoying.
“ It is, in fact, absolutely unfortunate that Professor Bugaje who, until his appointment as the Executive Secretary of NBTE, was the Rector of the Kaduna Polytechnic, and to whom tremendous support was extended by the present Acting Rector Dr Suleiman Umar who was at the time the Director of Academic Planning and later Deputy Rector as well as other Management staff, is now, in his bid to continue to exercise full control over the institution, trying to cause uncertainty and chaos in the institution.
“In his usual manner, Bugaje has now resorted to effort aimed at destabilizing the Kaduna Polytechnic Management and embarrass the Governing Council under Senator Mohammed Mohammed whom we all know is a respected elder.
“We have observed that after his attempt to cause disaffection between the community of the institution and the Management on the one hand and on the other hand between the Management and the Governing Council has failed, he has now taken the matter to the public domain by engaging the media instead of waiting for the response of the Federal Ministry of Education to his letter of complaint over the matter as required of every public servant.
“His allegations of breach of procedure in the reappointment of Dr Sulaiman Umar as Acting Rector for six months and allegation of monetary inducement of the Governing Council are clearly unfair, unsubstantiated and therefore mischievous.
“By clearly alleging, in a submission he made to the media, that the Governing Council has violated section 16 of the Polytechnic Act of 2019 (As amended) by re-appointing the Acting Rector, even further stating that the decision was monetarily influenced, the NBTE ES has shown his full colour as a person whose resolve to inflict maximum damage on the governance process in polytechnic is total.
“The allegations are absolutely baseless considering the fact that the section under reference which, as quoted in his submission, provides that “In case of vacancy in the office of the Rector, the council shall appoint an Acting Rector who shall not be in office for more than six months”, clearly refers to a situation in which a substantive Rector is removed on the authority of the President of the country because of gross misconduct as clearly stated in the section 2 of the same Act.
“This certainly is not the kind of circumstance that led to the emergence of Dr Suleman Umar as the Acting Rector of Kaduna Polytechnic.
Moreover, the other fundamental part of the Act that Professor Bugaje has mischievously ignored is section 5, sub-section one which provides that the “Council shall have power to do anything which, in its opinion, is calculated to facilitate the carrying out of the activities of the Polytechnic and promote its best interest.”