Written by Godfrey AKON

NABTEB registrar under probe as board lays charges

Strong indications emerged last Thursday that the Registrar and Chief Executive of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB, Prof Ifeoma Isuigo-Abanihe, is under probe by its Governing Board led by Prof Leonard Karshima Shilgba.

 

Shilgba, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, named the sins of Isuigo-Abanihe between 2017 and 2018, under the scathing headline “charges against the Registrar/Chief Executive of National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB.”

 

He said the registrar has failed to respond to an official query with Ref: NABTEB/GB/CH/QS 003, which was due on Thursday, May 10, 2018, adding that despite correspondences forwarded to the registrar since March 24, 2018, she has refused to submit to the Governing Board, as requested, NABTEB Staff Payroll for January, February, and March, 2018.

 

The NABTEB Chairman stated that the registrar, in her letter referenced BTEB/BRD/2/VOL. II/106, told him that she tried to provide explanations to most of the questions raised, knowing that a few pieces of information such as staff payroll are not yet complete due to their confidential and detailed nature.

 

According to Shilgba, “the Registrar’s action contravenes section 6 (2) of NABTEB Establishment Act and the Freedom of Information Act, and seeks to disparage the statutory powers of the Governing Board and renders impotent the charge on transparency and accountability given by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to the Governing Boards under the ministry at their inauguration on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

 

“Besides, the Registrar’s blatant refusal diminishes the ability of the Governing Board to establish the veracity of the personnel wage bill of NABTEB, and to determine whether or not she has violated due processes and principles of employment, as communicated in the appropriate extant circulars of the Federal Government, abused trust in managing public funds, and forged figures in the financial documents marked “Appendices 15a and 15b”, which she submitted to the Chairman on April 13, 2018, and whether the nominal roll she submitted to the Chairman on April 13, 2018, agrees with the information in the requested Payroll,” he said.

 

He said evidence from the nominal roll submitted by the Registrar to the Chairman on April 13, 2018, which she marked “Appendix 10b”, shows that the Registrar illegally recruited staff, between December 19, 2017 and January 15, 2018, without advertising the vacancies and clearance from the Federal Ministry of Education.

 

Shilgba further stated that the registrar refused to provide units and costs of contracts awarded by NABTEB between 2017 and 2018as requested, stressing that her action completely goes against transparency, and reveals a clear unwillingness to be accountable to the governing board.

 

He alleged that the examination materials contract documents submitted by the registrar on April 13, 2018, marked “Appendices 7 and 14”, respectively, contained no units of award, which hides the possibility of hyper-inflated pricing.

 

The NABTEB chairman alleged that her sins also include violation of procurement processes and her refusal to release details of contract awards for the printing of the May/June 2018 examination as she has failed to explain the difference of N49, 799, 262. 50between supposedly similar cost items.

 

He said the registrar also carried out “untenable expenditure” as document submitted provide disturbing evidence of imprudence in expenditure of public funds at a time when the Federal Government urges accountability and cost-saving approaches.

 

“The sum of N 144, 857, 796 was spent on Stationeries and Computer Consumables for Nov/Dec 2017 Examination with 45, 100 registered candidates, amounting to per candidate expenditure of N 3, 211.92,” he said.

 

Shilgba stated that the registrar has refused, failed, and ignored to account for the N 1,000 charged for registration pins printed out and sold to candidates at the directive of NABTEB Management, even as he fell short of calling for her sack.

 

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