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Alleged Fraud: Activist petitions Ganduje against Health Commissioner, sch. of health Tech. mgt

…..As ICPC launches investigation into Kano Health Institutions

A civil rights activist, Ibrahim Garba Maryam has petitioned Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje through Open Government Partnership on alleged corruption, extortion and academic scandal involving commissioner of health and management of Kano School of Health Technology.

SOLACEBASE reports that the petitioner, Ibrahim Garba Maryam chairs access to Justice of Open Government Partnership Steering Committee.

The State Steering Committee on Open Government Partnership (OGP) was inaugurated four years ago by the state government to further strengthen efforts for good governance to thrive in the state.

The open governance partnership is a multilateral initiative that promotes transparency and accountability in governance.

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In the petition sighted by SOLACEBASE and dated December 20th, 2022, the petitioner alleged that financial atrocities ongoing in the health institution include illegal students’ tuitions, indexing and regularization fees.

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The petitioner alleged that the admission racketeering in the school is such a common knowledge due to the absence of any regulatory authority or governing council for the institution.

‘’Highest bidder gets admitted at Kano School of Health Technology,’’ said the petition.

It said this deficiency gave room for financial misappropriation, academic miscarriage conducted in the Kano School of Health Technology contrary to its counterpart in Bebeji.

‘’We have observed that verbal instruction were given to HODS to students to pay money without any form of evidence of such payments through class monitors,’’ the petitioner wrote.

The petition read partly,’’ We noticed that the regularization of admission which is below the cost of N10,000 and are collecting N20,000 from ND students while HND are paying N50,000 which is very wrong and above the initial payment. Because of corruption to make money before the election , a circular was sent to start early admission this month while in a normal circumstances new season of admission begins by March/April. If properly investigated many will testify such alleged frauds for self-enrichment. The question is when do normal open of a new season begins?’’

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According to the petition, ‘’This is against the doctrine of transparency, accountability and participation. The regular body of Community Health Worker (CHEW) only admits 75 students but the school admits over 200 per class just to make extra illegal money by pocketing such to private pocket.’’

The petitioner wrote that the school examinations are conducted through CBT, however, the school lacks enough computers , hence the school allegedly compels students to purchase android phones to write exams.

Meanwhile the institution that can not buy computers for students examinations allegedly bought vans for political rallies.

The petitioner said the financial recklessness of the health institution is not new as many concerned Kano citizens have written several complaints on the school.

He said due to the situation, Senior Special Assistant on Enrolment to the State governor, in his findings on some of the complaints submitted a report to the governor dated March 26th , 2022 and titled ‘’PUBLIC COMPLAINTS RECEIVED AGAINST SCHOOL OF HEALTH TECHNOLOGY KANO OVER NUMEROUS STATED PROBLEMS / ACADEMIC SCANDALS OCCURRED IN THE ENTIRE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION (SSSE/ADM/VOL 4/001).’’

The petitioner noted that many are accusing the health institution principal and commissioner of health of allegedly working for a close family of the governor hence the neglect of due process thereby illegally enriching themselves.

Also, SOLACEBASE sighted a letter written by Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences commission, (ICPC) to the Kano State Commissioner for Health, dated November 7th , 2022 attached to the petition said the anti-graft agency is investigating a case bordering on violation of  the provision of Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

The ICPC letter said pursuant to section 28 of its act, requested the commissioner to direct the provost and all heads of the schools under Kano State College of Health Science and Technology to make available all their accredited courses/programs at all levels for the year 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The letter signed by Ibrahim A. Garba, ICPC Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner said the requested information/documents are expected on or before November 21st, 2022.

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