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OPEN LETTER TO THE VICE CHANCELLOR, ABIA STATE UNIVERSITY – BY EKS STEPHEN

Dear Professor Ogbulu,

MAKE THE FINANCIAL REPORTS OF ABSU PUBLIC

May I commiserate with you and your staff over the demise of three senior members of your academic staff, who we read in the newspapers today, lost their lives on the same day last week. We extend our sympathies to the families of these fallen gentlemen and the university community over these huge losses.

Prof, we read from the Punch Newspaper today, 07th September, 2021, that ABSU lecturers are owed up to seven months wages. Being a son of retired teachers, I understand the pain your staff are going through in this difficult period and how such may have played a part in expediting the pressure on these fallen heroes. I hope a lasting solution will be found soon.

Sir, you may have been aware of the passionate drive by a few Abia young men and women to bring good governance to our people via online sensitisation campaigns. I’m glad to let you know that I am one of those who have dedicated parts of their lives to see that Abia citizens including your staff get the maximum dividends of democracy which they deserve. We have made it our priority to hold those in public positions accountable to the people and I’m sure you support this brave initiative.

You will also agree with me that transparency and accountability are two of the key bedrocks of a successful democratic government and society. Without them, corruption will dominate and deprive the people of what rightly belongs to them. Transparency and accountability are two key elements in the ethics of your profession and I have no doubt that these are your personal core values.

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VC Sir, the sad death of these 3 senior lecturers and the insinuations in the National dailies that non-payment of their salaries may have put them under undue pressure, led me to the website of the university to search for the audited financial statements of the university. I wanted to get some understanding of the earnings and expenditure of the school and how these have affected the university in fulfilling its obligations to the staff. As a concerned citizen, I was eager to know why these hardworking people have not been paid for up to 7 months.

Unfortunately, my search could not return any positive results. As a public institution, you will agree with me that the financial reports of the university should in the public domain for public review; however, it doesn’t appear to be so in this instance. We understand that it may not be the usual practice; therefore, we will not hold it against the institution.

Therefore, I’m humbly requesting that the university makes public the historical audited financial reports of the university to enable us understand the financial difficulties facing the university and how best we can deploy the tools available to us to support your university in providing good education to our people.

Many thanks as you support the strengthening of democracy in Nigeria. I look forward to your response.

A Concerned Abia Citizen.

Eks Stephen
07.09.2021

Cc.: The Commissioner of Education, Abia State.
The Commissioner of Information, Abia State.
The Executive Governor, Abia State.

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