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Presidency Instructs VC of Federal University, Otuoke to Refund Overpaid Salaries Worth Millions




Mobolaji Aluko

The presidency has ordered Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Mobolaji Aluko, to refund over-payment of salaries running into millions of Naira.

According to reports, the presidency, through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission gave the order.

The Registrar of the university, David Suowari, was also instructed to immediately refund cumulatively the sum of N130,692.71 per month in excess of his due salary, Punch reports.

According to the report:

The over-payments were said to have been discovered during the commission’s visit to the institution on May 12, 2015 to carry out inspection of FUO’s remuneration practices vis-a-vis the extant government’s pay policy.

The VC and the Registrar were accused of appropriating certain allowances to themselves that were not approved by the government.

These concerns were raised in a letter from NSIWC to Aluko, signed for the Chairman of the Commission by the Director of Compensation, Chike Ogbechie.

The commission said, “The findings of the inspection in respect of your institution (Federal University, Otuoke) were as follows:

“The Vice-Chancellor was being paid total emoluments of N1,970,476.76 monthly, whereas he should not earn more than N922,810.23 if he were paid furniture allowance en bloc earlier, or N1,043,176.79 if he were being paid furniture allowance.

Much of the difference was attributed to certain allowances which were not approved by the government.”

In the case of the Registrar, the commission said the Registrar was being paid N130,692.71 in excess of his due salary of N502,580.25.

The commission also said the university disaggregated its staff salaries, against government’s policy of pay consolidation.


  1. kikikiki

    June 29, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Hope the Universities in the Kebbi and Katsina will refund theirs!
    KIkikiki witch hunting…..kikikiki kakakakaka

    • Warizdiz

      June 29, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Witch hunt. Too obvious. Populism at it’s worse.
      By all means arrest all thieves but do not forget the Emir of Kano. He is also a thief. Or is the law against arresting traditional rulers? Don’t forget Amaechi too, Fashola and Tinubu.

    • Warizdiz

      June 29, 2015 at 10:54 am


  2. bruno FIERCE

    June 29, 2015 at 8:31 am

    what is wrong with this useless country? so nobody is being arrested? nobody is going to prison?

    why should they only return the money? are they not suppose to be arreated and charged to court for embezzlement or misappropriation of funds or theft etc

    nigeria is a useless country.

    stealing is not a crime in nigeria. as far as u return the money u stole, u will be set free.

  3. kikikiki

    June 29, 2015 at 8:44 am

    good step, no1
    no2 Let him tell Amaechi to refund looted fund he used in campaigning for him.
    3. Tell Tinubu to return the funds he used in campaigning for him
    4. To Atiku
    That is the change

  4. me

    June 29, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Telling people to refund 130k…. what difference would that make compared to all the stolen money used in your campaign or all the money you all claimed Daziani stole… where is that petroleum minister sef

  5. Mewe

    June 29, 2015 at 9:21 am

    So we will now be regaled with tales of government agencies doing their jobs. “According to reports, the presidency, through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission gave the order.” The National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission did their job, and it’s reported as the presidency? How presidency take enter matter now? Oho… please endeavour to visit all government agencies

  6. mz_daniels

    June 29, 2015 at 9:38 am

    The day our president realizes he’s no longer campaigning and leaves GEJ alone. That day he’ll actually start leading us cos the way it is, seems the ghost of GEJ is actually the one in control.

  7. Diddy

    June 29, 2015 at 10:24 am

    In Nigeria politics the ruling party hadly goes after its member,so what buhari is doing is understandable,he will go after jonathan and his gang of members,we don’t expect him to probe amaechi or other members of APC.

    • nene+

      June 29, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      @ Diddy seriously? I tot he was bringing a change?
      So you have accepted he is same of the same?
      Pheww hypocrites

  8. Confuzzled

    June 29, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. If this was discovered as part of an audit of ALL federal universities i would be on board, but it seems like only one university, which happens to be located in the former president’s hometown, was picked out. in some form of personal vendetta. If this is the case then I don’t like it at all.

    • Wale

      June 29, 2015 at 6:34 pm

      Why the esteemed Prof Aluko though, he is one of our outstanding nigerian academicians based here in the US. So I think there is more to the story. Yes, he is on sabbatical or on loan to the university in Bayelsa. So his enumeration will most likely be different. Out of all the billions stolen this little penny is what PMB is focusing on??? I am beginning to wonder about this administration. The Aluko family is a respected name he was one of the nadeco champions, they shouldn’t drag his name like a common criminal.

  9. Fols

    June 29, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Na wa o; so some civil workers are not being paid, then others are being over-paid. God help this country please!

  10. Iris

    June 29, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    So far, all I’ve seen is an attempt to recoup stolen money from everywhere. That is laudable I guess. However, what happens after? We can’t just be saving money. I want to hear about development plans and see how the country is going to MAKE money. How are they going to fix power so that companies in Nigeria can multiply production and give people jobs?

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