Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State has constituted a seven-man investigative committee to probe the activities of the State College of Education Technical (ESCET).
According to a statement issued on Friday by Governor Mbah’s Media Office, the committee’s terms of reference include the investigation of grave allegations of mismanagement and corrupt administrative practices in the management of the institute and its Governing Council.
They are also to thoroughly investigate the alleged fraud involving Bluetag Technologies, a financial firm contracted to collect fees for the college with an unresolved issue of over N84 million.
Other terms of reference are “to ascertain the veracity of the alleged undue recruitment process and probe the subsequent increase in the college’s monthly subvention, and provide recommendations based on their findings regarding the appropriate measures and actions to address the issues raised in a petition to the government.”
The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, who represented the governor inaugurated the committee at the Government House on Thursday evening, according to the statement.
The committee has the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Ndubueze Mbah as its Chairman, Mr Onuora Okeke as its Secretary, and Prof. Obiamaka Egbo, Reverend Father Ikechukwu Ani, Dr Emma Onyeabor, Edmund Ngene, and Larry Oguego as members.
They were urged to do a credible job and make appropriate recommendations.
“It is our hope that members of this committee will bring to bear their experiences in carrying out this assignment and providing the right type of recommendations to the governor so that our teaching and learning process and model in Enugu will be world-class.
“So this committee is supposed to dig deep and unravel the issues surrounding all these allegations and provide recommendations based on your findings,” he said.
The chairman of the committee, Prof Ndubueze Mbah, while speaking on behalf of the committee, thanked the governor for finding them worthy of the assignment.
He assured that they would not let the state down. He said they would work assiduously to submit their report within the specified timeframe.
The committee has two weeks to submit its report.