Dr. Peter Mbah, the Governor of Enugu State, has inaugurated an eight-man panel tasked with investigating the operations of the state-owned Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) in Enugu.
The investigative panel, known as the Committee of Inquiry into Accounts, Management Practices, and Staff Conduct, is chaired by Prof. Ed Nwobodo and has Chinenye Angela serving as its Secretary. The committee comprises members including Osita Onuma, Dr. Ada Nwonye, Barr. Lilian Ikwueze, Amb. Judy Nweke, Dr. Moses Otiji, and Vincent Onyeabor.
During the inauguration of the committee at the Enugu Government House on Monday, Governor Mbah explained that the committee was established to enhance the institution’s credibility. He expressed confidence in the abilities of the committee’s leadership and members to effectively fulfil their responsibilities.
Representing the Governor, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, the Secretary to the State Government, reminded the committee members of the significance of their experience in carrying out a trustworthy task. He emphasized that the committee’s work would chart a new course for the institution and shape the government’s actions in the higher education sector within Enugu State.
Governor Mbah outlined the committee’s responsibilities, which include assessing the legal and policy foundations of the Business Committee’s establishment, analysing the various fee categories charged to students, investigating payment methods and designated transaction accounts, and evaluating the overall management of fee-related processes.
The committee was also mandated to evaluate adherence to relevant laws, regulations, and institutional policies in staff appointments, especially for key roles such as Heads of Department and Deputy Rector.
Additionally, the committee was directed to scrutinize revenue streams, investigate revenue collection mechanisms, accounting practices for remittances, and overall financial resource management. They were also tasked with investigating instances of undue financial demands imposed on students by lecturers or the administrative body, regardless of the pretext used.
The committee was instructed to explore other pertinent areas that might arise while addressing the aforementioned matters. The final objective was to conduct a comprehensive examination leading to well-founded conclusions and recommendations.
Prof. Nwobodo, the Committee’s Chair, responded on behalf of the members, expressing gratitude to Governor Mbah for the opportunity to serve. He assured that the committee would carry out their responsibilities diligently. Prof. Nwobodo expressed his confidence in the committee’s ability to perform a thorough and commendable job.
The committee has been granted a two-week timeframe to submit their final report.
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