NBTI staffs rejects Jibrin’s reappoint ….accuse DG of embezzlements, incompetence, others
Some staffs of the National Board for Technology Incubation, NBTI, have accused the Director General of the board, Dr. Mohammed Jubrin, of gross incompetence and misappropriation of funds meant for capital projects in the last three years.
The aggrieved staff members who are protesting the reappointment of the DG, said the Dr. Jubrin does not possess the required leadership quality to deserve the second tenure approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari had earlier this month, announced the reappointment of Engr. Mohammed Jubrin for a second and final term of four years.
The news was however not well received by members of the Academic Staff Union of Research Institution, ASURI, NBTI branch, as members embarked on an indefinite strike to show their displeasure.
Briefing the media on the issue, the NBTI branch Chairman of ASURI, Comrade Adolphus Ugwu, said the Jubrin’s first tenure had been largely unproductive, as the agency has since derailed from its core mandate of nurturing technology incubation centers, TIC, commercialization of innovation, among other functions.
“In the last four years, when Engr. Dr Jubril served as DG of the agency, it has been a hell. The agency has been eroded, dormant and a liability to the federal government due to lack of adherent to the mandate that established it. The infrastructure have decayed, no working tools, no official working materials, we just come here every day without anything doing. It has not been this bad.
“We have 34 incubation centres across the federation where we nurture inventors, and develop researches but as we speak, the story is that of a sorry state. This is a programme that is meant to create job to teaming unemployed graduates, and end poverty in the country, but most of them have become dormant.”
Although the union did not disclose the amount of money allegedly embezzled by the NBTI boss, they said, “All the funds allocated to the agency for projects in the last three annual budgets 2015 to date have been misappropriated.”
Ugwu added that NBTI operates in a rented building and the director general has not paid for the rent since 2015 despite the allocations the board received.
A look at the 2015 to 2017 Appropriation Act reveals that the sum of N570,338,364 was allocated to the NBTI in 2015, from which N1,724,302 was budgeted for the maintenance of office building and another N275million for construction and provision of office building. In 2016, the board received a total allocation of N1, 254,749,109 from which N551, 680,560 was meant for the construction and provision of office buildings, while N25million was budgeted for office rent in 2017.
The union further accused the minister of Science and Technology of misleading the President on reappointment of the DG despite numerous petitions written against him for non performance and derailing the agency.
“We believe that President Buhari was not rightly advised on the performance of the agency especially under the leadership of Engr. Jubril.”
They therefore appealed to President Buhari to reverse the reappointment, stressing that an additional four years for the DG spells doom for the agency