Reps probe FUHSO, others over TETFUND projects

The House of Representatives Adhoc Committee for the investigation of TETFund projects will Friday, take its probe to Benue state.

Among heads of tertiary institutions expected to be quizzed is the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo (FUHSO), Prof Innocent Ujah, as well as the Rector of the Federal Polytechnic Wannune, Prof. Garba Mohammed.

The pair have allegedly come under the spotlight over the alleged theft of over N9bn TETFund funds meant for projects in the institutions, according to House of Representatives.

Findings revealed that tertiary institutions in the state had received a whooping N50 billion for projects.

The breakdown is as follows: Joseph Sarwan Tarka Federal University of Agriculture (N8.6bn), Benue State University (N9.3bn), Benue State Polytechnic Ugbokolo (N10bn), and Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo (N6.7bn).

Others are Federal Polytechnic Wannune (N2.2bn), College of Education Katsina-Ala (N4.5bn), College of Education Oju (N5.5bn), Federal College of Education Odugbo (N1.7bn) and the Nigerian Army College of Environmental Sciences and Technology (N224m).

The investigation was necessitated by petitions against the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Health Sciences and his counterpart at the Federal Polytechnic Wannune, the house committee said.

The petitions, it was learnt, center around the diversion of the TETFund funds into private use.

“Specifically, we have heard of a series of petitions against the heads of the FUHSO and Federal Polytechnic Wannune over alleged misuse of government funds,” the committee said.

The Reps committee recently visited tertiary institutions in Kogi, Niger, Kwara, Lagos, and Ogun states among others.