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AAU suspends payment of salary to top officials over alleged negligence

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By Kevin Okunzuwa

The management of Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo, said has suspended the payment of July salaries to some of its Deans of Faculty and Heads of Departments over non-compliance with directive for submission of files of the 2020/2021 session examination results.

AAU, in a statement on Friday in Benin accused the affected principal officers of negligence.

The statement was signed by the varsity’s Acting Registrar, Mr Ambrose Odiase.

“It is also informed by the slow pace of other affected officers to upload the 2020/2021 examination results to the university’s portal.

“The implication of this failure or slow pace, as it were, is that the current 2022/2023 academic session cannot be activated on the portal.

“The AAU management has also suspended all financial requests from Deans of Faculties and Heads of Departments with immediate effect,’’ it stated.

Contacted, the varsity’s Head, Corporate Communication and Protocol, Otunba Mike Aladenika, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the decision was to allow for students advancements.

He said management was disturbed by the backlog of results yet to be uploaded to the varsity’s portal since the action was affecting the progress of students.

“It is no longer acceptable, hence the need to be firm to get things done positively the way they should be done,’’ he said.

On the issue of processing transcripts in the university, Aladenika said: “management is aware of the scandalous nature of processing transcript applications in AAU.

“As such, it has directed that the Information Communication Technology Directorate should digitise all students’ academic records that are not uploaded on the portal.

“A cartel of transcript racketeering has been smashed in the university with suspects currently before a disciplinary committee with a view to determining the level and depth of their operations within the institution.

“I can confidently tell you that it is no longer business as usual for recalcitrant elements in and outside the system.

“We are more determined than before to wipe them out and return the university to the path of glory,’’ he told NAN.

Aladenika noted that the current Special Intervention Governing Council had approved management’s decisions.

(NAN)

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