September 23, 2021

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How l Won War Against Corruption ln NDU -VC

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Vice Chancellor of the Bayelsa state owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo has revealed how he won the fight against corruption that had bedevilled the institution for long.
The don declared that determination, prayers and the fear of God gave him the victory over the scourge of corruption, which, according to him, almost destroyed the tertiary institution before his emergence as VC.
Edoumiekumo, who spoke to TNN in Yenagoa during a thanksgiving service he tagged celebrating God’s faithfulness and upliftment said sanity had returned to the state owned citadel of learning which was established by the first civilian governor of the state, late Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
Before his appointment in 2017, the VC disclosed that students’ school fees were entering into private pockets rather than the management account of the institution.
The VC said “with the preaching of the gospel on all the campuses, people are now imbibing the culture of doing the right thing.
“Before now, students would say they have paid school fees, you will see the receipt but the money will not get into our account. So, we adopted the Treasury Single Account model and the online system.
“Nobody is allowed to go and deposit money into the account and bring receipt to us because that alone cannot eradicate corruption because some of them used to carve the bank stamp, stamp it and come to the nursery to say they have paid and because you have seen the bank teller, you will be forced to believe that he has paid, whereas, he has not.
“So, we have decided that they should not go to the bank to make payment. The account number is there, they should pay through e-payment with their ATM cards. That one, through inter-switch, the money will get into our account.
“We have also been able to turn around the way of revenue generation. We have reduced cost and cut off expenditures that are not expedient.
“Today, we no longer tell somebody to supply us diesel because that was a conduit pipe that was draining our purse. We now go and pay money directly to the feeling stations and collect the litres we have paid for and use them directly.
“As a result, we have reduced our consumption of 143,000 litres per month by half. Yet we give 20-hour power supply daily with assistance from the national grid. We have been able to block that corruption leakage that was draining our funds through diesel supply”
Acknowledging paucity of funds as a major challenge, the VC, however, revealed that the institution had achieved a lot within his two years of administration through prudent management of funds.
He hinted that he was able to complete faculties of Arts, Agriculture, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, and moved Pharmacies from College to the main campus as well as introduced new faculties, including Mass Communication.
Edoumiekumo further noted that one of his greatest achievements for the past two years was the increase of students intake which had been 4,000 since the establishment of the institution in year 200 to 7,150 to expand accessibility of education by Bayelsans and others, adding that more facilities had been built to accommodate the additional number of intakes.

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