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Education Ministry Says ‘No Comment’ Over Baffa’s Bribery Accusation

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As dust continues to rise over the former  executive secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund(TETfund), Dr. Abdullahi Bichi Baffa’s comment that he was sacked over his refusal to give bribe to the minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the ministry had stated that they have no comment over the matter.

When  LEADERSHIP contacted the ministry on the issue, the deputy director of information, Mr Bem Goong simply said, ‘no comment’ over the bribery allegation.

Recall that Baffa was removed and  replaced with Prof Suleiman Bogoro, who was removed in 2016.

The Ministry of Education in a  statement had confirmed the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the ministry of education over the removal of Baffa and  reinstatement of Bogoro as TETFund boss. The minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, according to the statement, said the re-instatement of Mr Bogoro is with immediate effect, with the same terms and conditions as it were in his previous appointment and as stipulated in the TETFUND staff conditions of service.

However, Baffa who was speaking during an interview with BBC Hausa Service yesterday, stated that he was not sacked for insubordination, inaccessibility and speaking to the press without authorisation as portrayed by the minister.

“On Friday night, I was informed at the Presidential Villa that Minister of Education came with a letter reporting me to the president. “This is not the first time Adamu Adamu reported me to the president, requesting my sack but the president stood his ground and refused to sack me,” he said. Baffa stated that a reliable source on Saturday night had told him about his removal.

The former executive secretary who stated that the minister wanted  a kickback from funds disbursed to universities, stated that he did not listen to the minister as he cannot sabotage the country in the course of doing his duty.

“I do not regret my refusal to obey the minister’s directives because I cannot sabotage my country. “Go and ask the minister. Eight months ago, Mallam Adamu Adamu sent one of his biggest contractors to tell me that the minister was angry with me for three reasons.

“The third issue is that TETffund disbursed over N200 billion to universities without remitting the percentage kickback, amounting to at least N20 billion at 10 percent rate’ he said.

 

 

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