Written by Godfrey AKON

ICPC recovers N7.5m TETFund grants from 11 lecturers

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has recovered N7.5 million unused grant from 11 lecturers of the Kaduna State Polytechnic.

The ICPC said the money was part of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, grant released to the school between 2010 and 2017 for staff capacity development through local and international trainings.

The commission said its North West Zonal office which coordinated the investigation on the utilization of the grants in Kaduna Polytechnic, found that the 11 lecturers failed to attend the trainings despite having received monies.

“The trainings were scheduled to hold in Nigeria and three other countries, including the United States of America, Greece, and United Arab Emirates.

“Some of the lecturers collected as much as N1.39 million while others collected between N149, 000 and N1, 337,000 under the Academic Staff Training and Development Project,” ICPC noted in its website.

Acting Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Musa Usman Abubakar, who handed over the recovered funds to the Bursar of the institution, Mr. Garba Nabayi, said ICPC would ensure tertiary institutions in the country stop the misuse of TETFund and other grants.

Abubakar said the investigation of the utilization of TETFund grants was being carried out in 27 other tertiary institutions in the North-West geopolitical zone of the country to make sure that all grants were properly used, adding that those found wanting of misuse of the grant would be prosecuted.

“Carting away of public funds is one of the things ICPC is fighting. Non-utilization of fund given to lecturers is a crime and lecturers as role models, are to show good behavioural conduct to their students. Beneficiaries of such grant must ensure they go for the training because ICPC will not only recover such funds but will prosecute anybody found culpable,” he said.

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