Malam Adamu Adamu
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has been accused by the Former Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Dr Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, that he was sacked from office for refusing to give out kickback to the minister of education.
The Federal Government had terminated the appointment of Bichi at TETFUND last Monday for reason not yet stated. Thereafter, the government announced the reinstatement of Professor Suleiman Bogoro to take over from Bichi.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Hausa service monitored in Kano, Dr Bichi said the minister of education had sent a contractor to him demanding the sharing of N200 Billion meant to be disbursed to tertiary institutions in the Country.
He said, ” The minister has demanded kickbacks from me. He sent a contractor for that purpose and even had the strength to dictate the amount of money. By his estimation, he said even if I deducted 10% from each institution, I would have collected at least N20 billion.
The Sacked TETFUND BOSS, Mr Bichi
“I want to assure you that I’ve never collected a single naira from any institution as he thought and if he or anybody has evidence to prove against me, I will be willing to accept the death penalty”.
It would also be recalled that Bogoro, who now replaced Bichi was earlier sacked by the same administration in 2016 for alleged high handedness. Mr Bichi said the minister has accused him of inaccessibility, insubordination and talking to the press without his authorisation.
He also denied allegations by the minister that he had spent more time at the ministry of education as Technical Assistant to the minister than he has at TETFUND, wondering why the supervising minister was against him.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) Bayero University, Kano declined comments over the sack of Dr Abdullahi Baffa Bichi from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).Corruption threat at Tetfund
Also, ASUU zonal Chairman, Kano Zone and senior lecturer, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Muhamud Lawan said no comment on the development. ASUU Chairman, BUK branch, Prof. Barde Ibrahim also declined official statement on the removal of his predecessor.
According to Prof. Barde, “ASUU is still understudying the development but for now, we don’t have any official statement to that regard”. But a senior lecturer from the university who spoke anonymously said Baffa’s removal might not be unconnected to his political activities.
His words, “Even though, the Federal government has not come out open to reveal his sins, but one can likely attribute his sins to politics and the kind of political activities he’s engaging as the election draws closer, honestly, he needs to have maintained caution.
“Don’t forget the man is a public servant who occupied very strategic public office but the way and manner he was going about politics are not cherished”. Another senior ASUU member in the university, who also pleaded anonymity expressed shock over the development. He regretted Baffa’s sack at a time when his new policy framework was about yielding a positive result.
One of the Beneficiaries of Tetfund
The former TETFUND boss is leading a strong political campaign platform tag “One 2 Tell 10 Buhari Support Group”, a movement fronting across the 19 Northern Nigeria solely for the reelection of President.
Baffa’s political rivals in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have accused him of eying Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s seat. They alleged that Baffa had always identified with President Buhari’s campaign in Kano because of his political ambition.
But beyond the surface, Baffa’s sack was also orchestrated by the political powers for his alleged involvement in the Ganduje bribery video scandal.