OAU: Fmr Sciences' President Allegedly misappropriate 3.8M Naira.
Students of the faculty of sciences are clamouring for the dividend of the annual dues paid to the Obafemi Awolowo University chapter of the Nigerian Association of Science students (NASS) during the Okoli led administration.
Okoli Victor Popularly known as SIR KELVIN Is the Immediate past president of the National Association of Science Students (OAU) for the 2016/17 Academic session.
The embattled former president was alleged on the ground of not providing Freshers" package for the generality of the then part one students that paid their dues during the administration worth of #2,500 each.
It was learnt from an inhouse source that during the Sir Kelvin's ( Okoli Victor) administration, freshers paid #2,500, out of which #2000 is for the package and #500 for faculty due. while returning Students of the faculty paid #1000 each.
Speaking with the journalist,a part 2 student of the faculty who pleaded anonymity stated that Mr. Okoli's administration collected 2,500 from them.
In his words ; "Then while i was in Part One, #500 was collected for association due and #2,000 for package. Calculating #2,000 meant for package for like over 1,700 fresh students with also numerous returning students too, that's over 3.8million naira . We got nothing than Sci-fi organised welcome party where the renowned hiphop artiste, CDQ was invited to perform at the popular amphitheatre of the University."
While on phone conversation with the embattled president, Okoli Victor, he told the journalist that it is an issue that concerns Faculty Of Science students and further begged that it is an in-house thing ;" it's an issue that concerns Faculty of Science Students, the issue is in-house." --He stated.
While quizzed further by on the reason why the present part two students were not given package when they were in part one during his administration he said " because there's no budget allocated for package."
When contacted ,The former Vice president during Okoli Victor's administration, Tosin by name, who is now a graduate, while interrogated through phone said "about the package issue, to the best of my knowledge, the last time I heard from the president about the issue was that they are making the package and that the project has been issued out as a contract to the contractor, probably there's a delay with the person making it or so. The President said he's going to sort it out. Now that the issue is still horning, I don't know what's up but I will try to investigate"
Meanwhile, the current president of the faculty, Tobi Ogunlere popularly known as TOBEST stated he knew nothing about the last administration as he's not in the system then.
" I was not part of the executive, I don't know what happened during the last administration. I don't know how they spend their fund. The whole got to down on me when we were trying to renew the association with Division Of Students Affairs(DSA) of which we will need the audit report of the last administration. Due to the fact that there's no proper handling over to me as the president elect then, the audit Chairman submitted an Incomplete Audit Report.
" The DSA asked us to get complete form of the audit report before they can renew the association. Then I had to put a call through to one of our staff adviser, Dr. Ogunkunle of Chemistry Department, he wrote to the DSA that they should renew us that they will bring Okoli Victor and his team to book, all these was around early last month."
"The DSA renewed us and penned down their names. "
TOBEST further stated that he met an empty account upon assumption of office as the President.
" I will like to state that we didn't meet a dime in the association's account. I will tag it misappropriation of fund and also it's obvious and glaring to all that the last Administration led by Sir Kelvin Administration gave no package"".
Reacting to the development, Ogunlowo Samiat,the Present NASS OAU Vice President stated that truly package wasn't given to the last year's part one students and It has affected the rate at which students pay for dues this session.
Editor's note: This article was first published by OAU Peeps News agency.