Updated: Kogi Gov suspends varsity VC, Rector, state poly

Arogbonlo Israel

The Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello has suspended the Vice Chancellor of Kogi state University, Prof Abdulkadir and the Rector of the state polytechnic, Prof Atureta from office over noncompliance to the new financial guidelines in the state.

Inside sources confirmed the Governor was terribly miffed by the behaviour of the two top officials and directed that they should proceed on suspension.

The source revealed that the Governor refused to be placated, insisting that their actions were high display of insubordination.

Meanwhile, there are indications that letters are already being issued to MDAs that have complied and funds are soon to be released to them.

In the meantime also, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon Kingsley Fanwo has called on top management of agencies under the ministry to fully comply with the new financial guidelines, warning that anyone found wanting, would not be shielded.

At a meeting on Monday, Fanwo said the government was introducing the policies in the best interest of the system and therefore called for total compliance.

The Commissioner told Vanguard the suspension was as a result of their non-compliance with the Treasury Single Account policy of government.

According to him, "Government is determined to rake in more revenue and block loopholes in order to deliver in the promises we made to our people to do more than we did in the first term.

"Moreso, we have set machinery in motion to work out the modalities for the implementation of the new national Minimum Wage. To achieve all these, we need all the legitimate revenue we can get.

"TSA is a policy that helps to check corruption in the System. Our administration is in support of any policy that promotes corruption and accountability.

"The suspension of the affected officials will send a strong signal to others that this administration means business in the implementation of the TSA Policy."

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