JAMB registrar, Oloyede, reacts to fraud allegations, says petitioners are liars

Ishaq Oloyede
Ishaq Oloyede

The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation board (JAMB), Is-haq Oloyede, has described the allegations leveled against him by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as lies.

Professor Oloyede, who is also the immediate past vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, stated this in a statement released on Saturday.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities had, Thursday, petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accusing Mr. Oloyede of fraud during his tenure as vice chancellor.

The petition was jointly signed by the Ibadan Zonal Chairmen of ASUU, Ade Adejumo, and Deji Omole of the Unversity of Ibadan.

Other signatories are Biodun Olaniran of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Dauda Adeshina of Kwara State University and Kayode Afolayan of the University of Ilorin.

The petitioners alleged that the former vice-chancellor and the incumbent, Abdulganiyu Ambali, were involved in fraud totaling more than N2 billion.

Other allegations listed in the petition include pension fraud, unremitted deductions from staff salaries, extortion of students, contract inflation and kick-backs; and unlawful payment to ex-principal officers of the university.

Alleged Pension Fraud In his reaction to the allegation of pension fraud, Mr. Oloyede disclosed that in 2007, government directed that pension deduction should be based on Consolidated Pay and two years into his tenure as vice chancellor, a meeting of stakeholders including the Unions was convened. The JAMB boss said that at the meeting, all parties agreed not only to commence the higher savings but also to double the difference for a certain number of months to ensure full compliance with effect from the stipulated date of January 2007.

“The Pension Act of 2004 provided that 7.5 per cent of emoluments should be deducted from staff salaries and remitted into their pension accounts with Pension Funds Administrators (PFAs). Most universities, including the University of Ilorin, based the calculation of 7.5 per cent on basic salary and transport allowance. This was the case between July 2004 and December 2006 before I became Vice-Chancellor. I know no PFA and if salaries were deducted and saved in employees’ accounts, I would not be the beneficiary.

“Then, from January 2007, the Government that is matching the employees’ contribution with another 7.5 per cent directed that the deduction should be based on Consolidated Pay. Some universities were compelled by the fake and fraudulent campus hyenas not to comply with the directive of 2007. About two years into my tenure, my attention was drawn to the new decision which was of course advantageous to workers whose higher sum was being equally matched by the Government.

I convened a meeting of stakeholders including the Unions on the Government directive and all parties agreed not only to commence the higher savings (which Government doubles rather than double lower contributions) but also to double the difference for a certain number of months to ensure full compliance with effect from the stipulated
January 2007.

“I summoned the Ilorin representatives of all the PFAs to reiterate the date of compliance from when higher matching additions from Government should also be credited to each contributor’s account. Any averagely educated person would understand who the beneficiaries of the compliance are, who for their tomorrow sacrifice a part of today’s comfort rather than the unreasonable agitators who insist on consuming tomorrow.

“Some universities under the spell of some club crawlers do not comply to the eventual disadvantage of their unfortunate retirees and perhaps to the advantage of clever PFAs. If those who parade doctoral degrees cannot understand this simple logic, may God save Nigeria from the anarchists. I as Vice-Chancellor complied and I believe few other universities did. How that would benefit me personally baffles me.”

Commenting on the alleged illegal deductions of pension funds by the university, Mr. Oloyede said the introduction of the IPSS makes it unnecessary for the university to be involved in such practice as pension was being deducted from source by the Federal Ministry of Finance. He added that when issues arose from the deduction method,
clarifications were made with the Pension Funds Administrators, PFAs.

“The subsequent introduction of IPSS made deductions by the university unnecessary. Government was making the deductions from the source and crediting the PFAs and these ignorant characters believe that my successor should also be nailed on behalf of the Federal of Ministry of Finance. If what was being deducted at the University of Ilorin had been abnormal, IPSS would have corrected the abnormality, common sense dictates,” the JAMB registrar said.

“When grey areas arose, clarifications were made with the PFAs. For my own pension deductions, I also had to approach my PFA to be on the same page with them regarding my contributory pension.”

Disparity in Pension deductions According to its petition, ASUU alleged disparity in the
pension deductions at the University of Ilorin when compared with other universities. The union said such deduction is contrary to legal stipulations.

“By way of comparison, in federal universities such as University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, the sum of N20, 124. 62 is deducted from each professor as pension contribution per month. However, in the University of Ilorin, the sum of N40, 206. 42 is deducted monthly for the same pension contribution contrary to law,” the union said in its petition.

But in his reaction, the former vice chancellor said such allegation is baseless because professors are of different levels, adding that some senior lecturers even earn higher basic pay than some professors based on the number of years they have spent on their ranks.

“Those who compare the contributions of two Professors based on different interpretations of deduction suffer from selective amnesia more so when Professors are of different levels. Some Senior Lecturers even earn higher Basic Pay than some Professors based on the number of years they have spent on their ranks.

“Why did they hide this fact as a possible factor for disparity in intra-university or inter-university disparity? Why would supposed academics who teach research methods not start from PENCOM for authentic information before unilaterally declaring UNILORIN guilty and celebrating insubordination?”

Extortion and Contract Inflation On the allegation of extortion and inflation of contract, Mr. Oloyede disclosed that he has never been involved in bribe collection nor has he inflated contracts. The JAMB boss added that he is selective in accepting gifts from people.

“I am extremely selective in accepting gifts from even personal friends. My needs are limited and my legitimate income is sufficient to spend on my volunteer work. I have never in my life collected bribe, inflated contracts, extorted anyone nor accepted gifts beyond “Thank You greeting cards” from any contractor, dead or alive,” he said.

He, however, maintained that as vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin, he operated a transparent system by publishing the financial transactions of the university, a practice he said many universities do not encourage.

“As Vice-Chancellor, I started the practice of publishing the financial transactions of the University every Monday in a publication circulated far and wide by hand and online. This has happily been sustained by my successor to-date,” Mr. Oloyede said.

“Those who have skeletons in their cupboards don’t choose to publish their financial details. I am aware many universities don’t do so till today and the charlatans who make frivolous allegations against me should mention their mentors who do so.”

Character Assassination

Speaking on what he described as the underlying reason for the petition, Mr. Oloyede alleged that what the union has done is tantamount to character assassination. He however said he does not know any of the petitioners except one, who, according to him, once came to him for assistance when he held sway as vice chancellor of University of Ilorin.

“The only one I faintly know among them led his pastor and his father-in-law, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, to me in order to mount pressure on me to offer his wife, the Vice-Chancellor’s daughter, a temporary appointment as an Assistant Lecturer.

“I bulged to pressure out of deference to the father-in-law (because the Department could do without an additional lecturer) and the man of God. But soon thereafter, this character became a strong advocate of withdrawal of the power of temporary appointment of the Vice-Chancellor!”

While assuring the public of his innocence, Mr. Oloyede claimed that the allegations leveled against him are baseless, stressing that the petitioners are “liars”.

“I do not claim perfection as it is the exclusive preserve of the Almighty Allah but I dare say I stand on a higher moral pedestal than “the 49 liars” and their masters. God will continue to keep them busy and they shall continue to lament their failure at the University of Ilorin and in life precipitated by their own inner insolvency. The barking of dogs does not affect the flight of a plane.

“This statement is just to re-assure my admirers that the allegations against me are like pure wind with no solidity. I remain who I have ever been by the special grace of Allah, the Almighty,” the former vice chancellor said.

Legal action

The vice-chancellor however said that he might institute legal action against the petitioners, including their ‘collaborators’, adding that the statement issued is to clarify his position as regards the allegations leveled against him.

“Lastly, my explanation does not foreclose the possibility of legal action against the authors of the campaign of calumny against me and their willing collaborators,” he said.

“For the latter, I hope they will have the shame of publishing my rebuttal and if they don’t, I still believe it will reach all the right audience, anyway.”


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  • MR ADEGOKE

    Reputation like every other good things of this world is the easiest to damage. It should baffle the mind of any rational thinkers when those that supposed to know better are only educated but not knowledgeable. Of what personal benefit could a Unilorin’s staff pension be to an ex- Vice Chancellor? The author of this type of petition are the spanners in the engine of Nigeria, they capitalize on majority’s religious and ethnicity blindness to deceive unsuspecting populace.
    Those of us that can see far knows their target; painting the upright like Buhari, Oloyede, Magu, Aregbeshola etc bad so that they can continue their evil plan on the destiny of this nation. They are well connected and can fight in any place including GUTTER. They know for sure that, if the upright has the right to take them to court for character assassination, he cannot have the gut to meet the presiding judge in the midnight.
    Prof. Oloyede, kindly concentrate and continue to do your best for humanity, stopping to throw stone at every dog that bark will not allow you to get to destination. Sad that not many can filter information, but be sure that God almighty knows everyone and their intention.
    HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  • Tosin Jegede

    JAMB REGISTRAR, UNILORIN, PENSION FRAUD AND OTHER
    IMPROPRIETIES: OUR RESPONSE

    (by
    Dr. K.N. Afolayan, ASUU UNILORIN CHAIRMAN (as published in Tribune of
    06/01/2017, p.9)

    In the past 48 hours, Prof. lshaq Oloyede, former Vice Chancellor of the
    University of Ilorin, and Mr Kunle Akogun, spokesperson for the University have
    suffused the media with their “rebuttal” of allegations of pension fraud and
    other improprieties against them [Professors Oloyede and A.G. Ambali] and their
    administrations. The allegations were contained in a petition by the Academic
    Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to the Economic and Financial Crimes
    Commission (EFCC).

    Since the substantive petition is squarely before the EFCC, there is no reason to
    continue to join issues with them in any elaborate fashion. Let them make their
    “rebuttal” available to the EFCC. However, certain distortions, untruths and
    half-truths contained in the so called “rebuttals” need to be debunked, so that
    discerning members of the public will not be misled.

    The issue of illegal and unaccounted pension deductions in UNILORIN is an old one,
    which has been swept under the carpet until now. Anyone who tried to raise a
    strong protest regarding it in UNILORIN, or regarding any other anomaly for
    that matter, was branded as a “saboteur” who want to sabotage the “peace and
    stability” and “unbroken academic calendar” of the university. That is how the
    community has been cowed for so long. What is now forcing the accused persons
    to respond and account for their misdemeanor is the combined effort of ASUU and
    the power of the progressive media. To that extent, the petition and its
    publication have already achieved a cardinal objective.

    However, the UNILORIN administration and Professor Oloyede, in their rebuttals, largely
    resorted to abuses, blaming imaginary enemies and trying to whip up religious
    sentiments, rather than confronting the substantive issue. This is a typical
    Nigerian response, which is disappointing. One expects a more intellectual and
    dignified approach from operatives of the ivory tower.

    Professor Oloyede’s resort to abuse is particularly disappointing for someone occupying
    numerous political and religious positions both governmental and
    non-governmental. Referring to academics of other universities as “fake and fraudulent
    hyenas” or as “dogs” and so on is certainly not the kind of language expected
    from anyone claiming to be on a “high moral pedestal.” It is true that when
    people come under pressure, that is when their true personality and their true
    vulnerabilities emerge.

    The fixation with the UNILORIN 49 in the so-called rebuttals is also a needless
    diversion. Professor Oloyede and the University of Ilorin appear to be
    perpetually haunted by the saga of UNILORIN 49; their phobia for the group is
    palpable. However, the petition before the EFCC is not by the 49. As the
    Chairman of ASUU in the branch, I am not a member of the 49, neither are the
    members of my executive who were elected into office last year. On the other
    hand, many of the UNILORIN 49 were actually Oloyede’s lecturers who are now
    retired; at least, one of them who is a retired Professor of Islamic Studies
    taught him directly. And many were his comrades with whom he wined and dined
    and who had assisted him on his way to the top. Therefore, by collectively
    denigrating the group, Oloyede only deprecates and demeans himself.

    Again, Oloyede’s claim of publishing the accounts of the university every week is
    another hype of deceit. For example, in 2011 when Oloyede was VC, three hundred
    and two million naira (N302 million) was taken from the university account as
    part of litigation cost or judgment debt, but like many other significant
    transactions, this huge chunk did not reflect in the cosmetic weekly financial
    account published in the Bulletin. This selective accounting shows just how
    “transparent” the system was.

    Professor Oloyede also condemned himself in his “rebuttal” by his confession that, as VC,
    he employed staff unnecessarily into senior pensionable positions following
    “pressure” from some persons (in this case a “Pastor” and a “former Vice
    Chancellor”)! When ASUU opposed his appointment as JAMB Registrar on the basis
    of his record of improprieties, including nepotism and violation of due
    process, little did the Union know that he would soon supply some of the
    evidence himself. Maybe the appointee in question was not even qualified for
    the position! But the problem is not the pressure piled. To appoint a teaching
    staff when “the department could do without an additional lecturer” is
    tantamount to a felony, contributing to the economic adversity of this country.
    Who knows how many unneeded staff people like Oloyede saddle the government
    with all over the country and the resources that go down the drain as a result
    of this act.

    On the pension matter itself, the main issue is in two parts (for the benefit of
    those who are not aware). First is that from December 2011, Prof. Oloyede, as
    UNILORIN VC, suddenly doubled payment of pension by the employees, contrary to
    the pension law, leading to undue economic hardship and encroachment on the
    individual worker’s economic rights, and possibly constituting an undue burden
    on the national treasury. Secondly and more grievously, from May 2012, Prof.
    Oloyede as VC commenced another set of deductions parallel to the above,
    purporting this one to be “arrears of previous under-deductions”. This latter
    set of deductions, which Oloyede’s successor, Prof. Ambali continued, never
    made it into the employees’ pension savings account! This is the crux of the
    matter, which the so called ‘rebuttals” did not address.

    Oloyede’s claim of “government directive” to increase the volume of pension is neither
    here nor there. Where is the circular from NUC, Ministry of Education or Head
    of Service to that effect? The fact that other universities mentioned in the
    petition were either not aware of such a “directive” or insisted on the
    dictates of the pension law, puts a question mark on Prof. Oloyede’s claim, or
    on his motivation at the time. His narrative does not tally. If the government
    directive was in 2007 as he claims, and his employees have agreed with him by
    2009, then why would the deduction not start until December 2011, four years
    after the “directive” and two years after the Unions purportedly agreed?
    Prof. Oloyede has become so jittery that he has even rushed to NTA to parade some papers
    purportedly from ICPC. We advise him to be calm, as this is not a matter for
    media razzmatazz. Since when did ICPC become the directing authority for
    universities? And since when did workshop materials from ICPC become
    administrative circulars? ASUU’s position is that pension contribution is a
    matter of law that government directive cannot overturn.

    However, let us move away from Prof. Oloyede’s fanciful narrative and examine some core
    facts about how the workers were ‘carried along” on the issue of pension
    deductions.

    In a circular dated 28 December, 2011, the UNILORIN administration’s own “ASUU”
    when Oloyede was VC said: “The Union’s Exco viewed the last strange deduction
    from our salary with utmost concern.” Furthermore, when they took the administration
    to task in a meeting at which two Deputy Vice- Chancellors and the Bursar were
    present, the Bursar, according to the circular, “apologised to members, through
    the Union, for not providing information on this important deduction …”

    In another circular dated 24 May, 2012, entitled “Burning Issues,” the same group
    decried “the abysmal removal of a huge portion from our May 2012 salary” and
    that “the ASUU Exco of the University of Ilorin was NEVER privy to the decision
    of administration to commence the implementation of the deduction of the said
    “Pension Shortfall” (emphasis theirs).

    In yet another circular dated 28 January, 2013, the group stated that: “Your Exco
    was dismayed and more importantly embarrassed to experience the resurgence of
    Pension Underdeductions [sic] in our January salary … the Unions on Campus
    requested the Vice Chancellor [Ambali] not only to refund the deductions
    already done by the previous Administration [Oloyedej but further deductions
    should stop.” They also said in that release that “The JAC [Joint Unions
    Committes] was dissatisfied with administration for re-introducing Pension
    Deductions in January 2013 salary against our earlier advice.”

    These circulars accusing Oloyede of impropriety were by Oloyede’s own “ASUU.” They
    were not by any imaginary enemies such as the UNILORIN 49 on whom the
    University administration forever blames all its woes! The circulars were not
    even by the constitutional ASUU. As can be imagined, the constitutional ASUU,
    now led by my humble self, also put up a stiff, sustained and well-documented opposition
    to the pension fraud where the others retreated.

    The above circulars were dated from 2011. Thus, contrary to Oloyede’s smokescreen
    “rebuttal,” the issue is not just being raised “four years after his exit as
    VC” or invented somehow by ASUU members who are too envious of his huge
    “successes” in life. When people like Prof. Oloyede who claim to occupy a “high
    moral pedestal” do not present events as they were, then it is time to define
    what “moral pedestal” really means.

    The crux of the matter, however, is: what happened to the money deducted from the
    workers during the disputed period?

    According to Oloyede, “if salaries were deducted and saved in employees’ accounts, I
    would not be the beneficiary.” He also referred to IPSS and deduction at source
    by government. Such statements can only impress those who are not familiar with
    the way the system works. Right now, as we speak, even with IPSS and later TSA,
    the University of Ilorin is holding on to more than N100million of staff
    members’ cooperative money even though ostensibly, “it has been deducted and
    saved in the employees’ accounts.” Every worker is familiar with this charade.
    When a VC deducts money and does not remit it, then he is the beneficiary, to
    do whatever he wishes with the money. Incidentally, the pension law prescribes
    punishment for employers who deduct money and fail to remit. If that aspect of
    the law had been truly operational, many Chief Executives would be in jail.

    Professor Oloyede’s reference to IPPS (sic) is irrelevant and was calculated to mislead
    the unsuspecting public. The petition concerned a period before either IPPIS or
    (recently) TSA, which centralised payments and deductions. IPPIS was resisted
    by ASUU and did not become operational in the University system until late 2015
    at the earliest. In the period when Oloyede was VC and doubled the pension
    deductions from UNILORIN workers, such monies remained in the coffers of Universities
    (and other parastatals) for the VC to “play around” with for a while.

    In December 2012, Prof. Ambali as VC refunded three months out of the illegal deductions
    tagged “pension under-deductions” to the entire staff. The common sense here is
    that if the refunded millions had been “saved in employees accounts” as Prof.
    Oloyede claims, then how come that huge chunk was refunded? Above all, where is
    the rest of the money?

    Maybe the EFCC will now help to find the deducted millions when the commission looks
    into the books of the University and of course the books of the former VC,
    Prof. Oloyede.

    Dr. K.N. Afolayan
    Chairperson
    (For
    and on behalf of Academic Staff Union of Universities, UNILORIN Branch)