Abdullahi Baffa Bichi, a former executive secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, has alleged that he was sacked from office for refusing to give out kickback to the minister of education Mallam Adamu Adamu.
Baffa’s appointment at TETFUND was terminated by the Federal government on Monday, January 21, 2019, for reason not yet stated. Subsequently, the government announced the reinstatement of Professor Suleiman Bogoro to take over from Baffa.
Bogoro was sacked by the same administration in 2016 for alleged high handedness.
In an interview with BBC Hausa service on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, monitored in Kano, Dr. Baffa said the minister of education had sent a contractor demanding to him demanding the sharing of N200 million meant to be disbursed to tertiary institutions in the Country.
According to him, ” The minister has demanded kickbacks from me. He sent a contractor for that purpose and even had the strength to dictate that amount of money. By his estimation, he said even if I deducted 10% from each institution, I would have collected at least N20 billion.
“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,” Baffa insisted.
Mr Baffa said the minister has accused him of inaccessibility, insubordination and talking to the press without his authorisation.
Denying the minister’s allegations, Dr. Baffa claimed to have spent more time at the ministry 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.
When contacted ASUU zonal Chairman, Kano Zone and senior lecturer, Bayero university, Kano, Prof. Muhamud Lawan told journalists that, he has no comment on the development.
Barde Ibrahim, the ASUU chairman, BUK branch, 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”.
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