By Adamazi Mbonu Onyi Jennifer
Members of Imo State Government Visitation Panel arrived Imo State University Owerri today, November 19th, 2019.
Prof (Ven) Chinedu Nebo, Chairman of the Visitation Panel said visitations are done every 5 years, which helps the government to identify the strength and problems of the University.
Prof Nebo also opined that visitations are mostly seen as witch hunt but it’s far from it, stating that the Panel is empowered to enquire the following:
a. Identify the strength and problems of the universities and make appropriate recommendations to the Visitor.
b. Ascertain the operations of various departments/ Units. This is also applicable to Deans of Students Affairs, or Faculties, Directors of Academic Planning, Works, ICT, Procurement. To also investigate other issues such as cliqueism and cultism.
c. Ascertain the operations of the universities and investigate students’ complaints bordering on various issues.
d. Conduct internal audits including the Bursary Department, aimed at ascertaining the financial status from 2012, including Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), university Micro finance bank and come up with a comprehensive report.
e. Investigate award of contracts in the universities and ascertain if due process was adhered to in line with the Procurement Act 2017.
f. Investigate state of infrastructure, including collapsed or collapsing buildings
g. Investigate the appointment of the Vice Chancellor, to ascertain if it was in conformity with due process.
h. Ascertain the welfare of students and investigate allegations of sexual abuse, extortion, issues bordering on allocation of hostels, sub standard books, handouts, SUG election and illegal payments.
i. The Panels are mandated to capture other issues not listed on the terms of reference and forward to the Visitor not later than one month.
Further Speaking, the Chairman told the University Staff not to be afraid to advocate and open up to the Panel, as they will ensure solutions are proffered.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof Adaobi Obasi thanked the members of the Visitation Panel and assured them of maximum co-operation while pleading with them not to sell the truth.
Members of the Visitation Panel to Imo State University, IMSU are as follows:
1. Prof (Ven) Chinedu Nebo – Chairman
2. Prof I.K Ogbonnaya – Member
3. Prof Basil Nwosu – Member
4. Prof (Mrs) Florence Nduka- Member
5. Prof N.F Ukaigwe – Member
6. Prof E. E. Anyanwu. – Member
7. Dr. Chilaka E. Nwankwo – Member
8. Mr. Chuck Chukwemeka – Member
9. Dr. (Mrs.) Chineze E. Obi – Member
10. Mr. A.C.A Duru – Secretary
11. Prof F. N Chukwukere. – Member
12. Dr Iwu Basil E. – Member
13. Prof Chiemeka C. Ekennia – Member
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