NABTEB suspends registrar, four directors over N49m contracts

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The National Business and Technical Examinations Board has suspended its registrar , Prof Ifeoma Abanihe , and four directors over their failure to account for N 49 m contracts awarded by the examination body .

The suspension , which followed an investigative panel report , was contained in a letter signed by the Chairman , NABTEB Governing Board , Prof Leonard Shilgba , on June 21 , and obtained by our correspondent on Sunday.

Apart from the registrar , the other four affected people are the directors of Finance and Accounts , Examination Administration , Examinations Development , and the Procurement Officer.

The suspension was approved after the NABTEB Board meeting in Benin , Edo State .

The investigative panel reportedly uncovered irregularities in contract awards , and about N49 , 779 ,000 was allegedly unaccounted for by the registrar .

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The suspension letter partly read , “The committee submitted its report at the first regular meeting of the Governing Board on Tuesday , June 19 , 2018, which was given to you.
“After deliberation on the report , you, the Registrar of NABTEB , was asked to respond to the findings of the committee .

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Your defence was , ‘I apologise ’, which is not an admissible defence under the Public Service Rule .
“Accordingly, the Governing Board unanimously approved your suspension as Registrar / Chief Executive of NABTEB , having regard to Rules 030301 , 030302 , 030304 , 030305 , 160501 , and 160502 of the Public Service Rule , and recommended accordingly to the Minister of Education , Adamu Adamu , for further necessary action, who has since been informed together with the Permanent Secretary , Sonny Echono. ”

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It was learnt that the five – man special committee was headed by Dr . Charles Imaru .

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“All contractors of NABTEB have not performed satisfactorily . This is glaring as NABTEB has accumulated a debt of over N400 m as a result of shoddy contract deals and mismanagement . Therefore, the contractors should not be patronised further by the board, ” the committee said in its report .

Our correspondent learnt that the registrar and the four directors would face another panel set up to conduct investigations into the allegations .

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