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Reps Committee Suspends Sales Of Kaduna Poly Property

Posted by Amarachi on Fri 28th Jun, 2024 -

The committee resolution followed the consideration of a petition to the House by some serving and retired staff of the Polytechnic.


The Management of Kaduna Polytechnic, the Ministry of Education and the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on government property, have been directed by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Assets, to halt the allocation and sale of property belong to Kaduna Polytechnic.

The committee resolution followed the consideration of a petition to the House by some serving and retired staff of the Polytechnic.

Property belonging to the Polytechnic all over Kaduna, including land, staff quarters and guest houses are being sold to staff and non staff of the polytechnic.

The committee also summoned the Rector, Kaduna Polytechnic Dr. Suleiman Umar;  Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and  Head of Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) as well as Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics (SSANIP) in the institution to an Investigative hearing.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Public Assets, Hon  Ademorin Kuye (APC, Lagos) said the specific date, time and venue of for their appearance will be communicated to them.

The polytechnic staff, in a petition addressed to the Speaker, alleged the management of the Kaduna Polytechnic are carrying out illegal action by carving out parts of their plots of land and selling them to non-staff of the institution without remitting the money to the government account.

They alleged that most of the teaching and non-teaching staff of the polytechnic are not aware of the sale of the houses and plots of land belonging to the institution.

The Committee said all further allocations of plots of land and staff quarters of the Polytechnic to non-staff of the school pending the conclusion of investigation into the alleged sharp practices in the sale of the properties.

Kuye said the suspension becomes necessary because if most of the plots of land and houses of the school are sold to non-staff, the future lecturers and non-teaching staff will not find it easy to operate.

Kuye said: “We have a lot of students who are in school now who will become staff of the Kaduna Polytechnic tomorrow. If you sell all the land and staff quarters  particularly to non-staff of the school now,  where will they be tomorrow?”

He said the resolution from the out of court settlement by relevant parties on the issue of leasing of Kaduna Polytechnic properties presented to the committee by the Presidential Implementation Committee, there was no provision  for non-staff of the school to be a beneficiary of the allocations.

The Head of the Presidential Implementation Committee, Bala Sanusi in his submission told the Committee that the issue of leasing of Kaduna Polytechnic plots of land and houses had resulted in legal battle  that lasted for over ten years before it was later resolved through out of court settlement.

Sanusi said the agreement reached by the parties involved in the case led to the resolution which was approved by Kaduna Polytechnic Board, PIC and Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

He said the resolution stipulate that non-staff of Kaduna Polytechnic shall not be a beneficiary of the allocations of plots of land and houses.

Asked the medium used to advertise the sale, which gave none staff advantage over the staff, the PIC boss was unable to also provide answers.

The petitioners on their part said contrary to the resolution as presented by the PIC, most of the school properties for lease were sold to non-staff while several staff were not aware that such things were ongoing.

Speaking on behalf of the petitioners, two of their leaders Dr. Omale Apochi and Isiaka Bankole, said they only  got information of the process on owner – occupier basis adding that most of their colleagues were ignorant of the process.

They alleged that despite meeting all the requirements, including payment of between N4.7 million and above, the authorities of the institution through the acting Director, Work of the Institute, Abdulrahaman Tukur, a consultant with PIC, Nura Usman and one Gimba Elisha, their plots of land were carved out and sold to non-staff of the school without remitting the proceed to government account.

Though Abdulrahaman Usman who represented the Rector, Dr. Suleiman Umar, first denied knowing Nura Usman, later agreed to knowing him when reminded of the implications of telling lies to the committee while on oath.

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