Nigerian University fires Bursar over alleged theft

Nigerian University fires Bursar over alleged theft
United Bank for Africa

The Management of the University of Calabar has suspended the Institution’s Bursar, Mr. Peter A. Agi. After an emergency meeting over the arrest of the Bursar by the Nigeria Police on allegations of fraud, forgery and threat to life, the management decided to suspend the Bursar.

“It has become imperative that you step aside as Bursar and clear yourself of these allegations” the management stated, adding, “Management observed that you have been impersonating the Vice Chancellor on the CBN e-payment platform by making final approvals and payments, a duty that is the responsibility of the Vice Chancellor who is the Chief Accounting Officer of the University”

“Bank transactions and alerts are still being forwarded to the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Prof. James Epoke, without the Vice Chancellor’s knowledge. Again, you absented yourself from office without requesting any of your Deputies to act for you, thus creating a vacuum in the administration of the Bursary.  Rather, in a circular of 18th August, 2016, you requested members of the University community who need you for official business to do so by reaching you on your phone number.  This is absurd and not acceptable anywhere”

The suspension letter which was addressed to the Bursar further stated, “you have as well: deliberately orchestrated measures aimed at ensuring that the University loses accreditation of its Medical Programmes by refusing to purchase buses for the Departments of Public Health and Community Medicine. This is a major requirement for accreditation and Council had directed you several times on this yet you bluntly refused to comply.

“You deliberately refused to purchase official car for the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) 8 months after he was appointed into office.  You have ignored several Council and Management directives on this and you deliberately refused to purchase official car for the Dean of Graduate School even when the Graduate School designed measures to internally generate revenue for this purpose.  You have consistently ignored Management’s directives with impunity”.

The Bursar was said to have bluntly refused to pay TETFUND contractors who have successfully executed jobs and rendered services to the University even when such contractors have been cleared for payments. “The consequence of this is that while other Universities are already making progress and accessing the 2015 allocation, the University of Calabar cannot exhaust the 2013 allocation to qualify for the next tranche. Illegally mobilized and brought into campus a group of non-staff/students including suspected cultists, some of whom have been charged to court.

“These your ‘supporters’ violently molested staff and beat up Journalists who were at the scene of the incident and even damaged their camera (as stated in the security report and reported in the media). Unilaterally granted press interview on matters relating to the University without clearance from appropriate authorities”.

He was also accused of “callously and with utter disregard of Vice Chancellor’s directives by refusing to pay staff entitlements even when due process has been followed before approval.”

The letter that was signed by Moses O. Abang, Registrar/Secretary to Council further stated “You were issued a query on August 17, 2016 Ref. UC/R.45A to offer explanation on your misdeeds on Campus on Monday, August 15, 2016.  When your staff told you that you have a mail, you requested for the content of the mail to be read to you.  Thereafter, you requested for the letter to be brought to you.  You read the letter and returned it through the same staff to your office and directed that they should inform whoever cares that they could not deliver the mail to you”

“As a follow up you left definite instruction with the security man in your house not to receive any mail meant for you. As a consequence, the other copy mailed to you by courier was rejected by your gatemen.   These actions of yours are a clear manifestation of an orchestrated and deliberate design to bring to ridicule, the image of the University of Calabar and indeed to cripple its progress as an institution. Management cannot continue to close its eyes on these misdeeds and allow the University to crumble”.


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“Management has therefore resolved that you should be placed on suspension. You are therefore suspended as Bursar of the University of Calabar with effect from Monday, August 22, 2016. You are to handover immediately to Mrs. Atim Mensah who is the most senior Deputy Bursar while Mr Joseph Odum is to take over the previous duties covered by Mrs. Mensah.  By this letter of suspension, Council is being briefed accordingly” the management stated.