Contrary to allegations of breach of procurement and contract award procedures levelled against the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Kayode Soremekun, he said the management had always honoured due process in award of contracts.
While making the clarifications, he noted that his administration always honoured processes and procedures as laid down in the Procurement Act, insisting that three proposals are always being sourced from contractors in respect of available contracts, and that all contracts awarded passed through normal processes on the basis of competence and track record of performance of contractors.
This was even as the Vice- Chancellor disclosed that the institution had been using its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to execute the various physical projects on campus.
Soremekun, who spoke when members of a coalition of civil society groups, under the auspices of Civil Society Groups for Good Governance, led by the Secretary of the Movement Against Corruption (MAC), Olufemi Lawson, visited the Vice-Chancellor in his office, last week.
The management of the university was said to have been petitioned to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of breach of procurement and contract award procedures, for which the group claimed it had a copy of the petition.
However, the vice-chancellor in his clarification explained that it would not make any sense to continue to abandon those critical infrastructural projects in the university which were mostly at their infancy to rot away under the excuse of paucity of funds by the institution.
Lawson, who was accompanied by six others members of the coalition group on the visit, noted that their mission was to clarify the allegations of financial impropriety levelled against the institution before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, copy of which is with the body.
Other members of the group on the visit were the President of Africa Youth Patriotic & Development Mission (AVPDM), Ambassador Muktar Akosile; Director of Communications, Transparency and Accountability Initiatives, Basat Mohammed; Executive Director of African Leadership Strategy and Transparency Development Initiative, Ambassador Nelon Ossaieze; Network of Young Female Leaders of Excess Community, Lilian Cosmos; Bureau of Public Service Initiative, Omokhagbor Michael; and Olubayo Fisayo from Public Service Watch.
Speaking after inspection tour of facilities and project sites tour of the institution, they urged its leadership to make use of conventional and new media platforms to create more awareness in respect of various developmental projects executed by the university. They expressed delight over the advanced level of infrastructural development and academic progress in the university, a development they regarded as largely unknown and concealed from the public.
Members of the group explained that the visit was in line with the Federal Government’s position on probity, transparency and accountability. Some of the facilities inspected include the Central Administration Building, which is over 80 per cent completed; 500-seater lecture theatre built with IGR; 3-In-1 Central Laboratory and the Multipurpose Arts Theatre.