The Provost of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba, Delta State, Dr (Mrs) J.E Anene-Okeakwa, has declined response to a Freedom of Information request on details of ongoing projects in the tertiary institution.
The Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) had written a FoI letter to the institution, requesting detailed information on these ongoing projects in the institution; Academic Staff complex, Home Economics complex, and ICT complex.
Dr. Mrs. Anene-Okeakwa, the Provost of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Asaba, Delta State.
HEDA also asked the institution to give a breakdown of the projects, amount allocated and expended as well as procurement contract stage documentations.
In response, the provost of the institution through a law firm said it would not be able to provide required information as HEDA did not state the reasons for requesting such information.
“The projects mentioned in your letter are projects awarded and supervised by Tedfund. The details about the contract and the financial outlays are handled by the said Tedfund.
“The college might not be able to supply the information requested by your letter, especially as the reason for the request is not stated in your letter. More so, the college will have to obtain clearance from Tedfund,” the response to the FoI request by the institution reads partly.
FCE (Tech) Asaba, however, added that it will require time to liaise with the supervising authority “to be able to have sufficient information to pass on to you”, directing HEDA to send the request to Tedfund.
SaharaReporters had reported how Mr Ameh Joseph, a whistleblower, exposed massive corruption at the college.
Joseph, who was Head of Physical Planning Division of the college, was fired after he sent a petition to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission revealing a series of corruption happening in the institution.
Joseph said his appointment was terminated on May 13, 2020 on account of petitions to the ICPC in a bid to silence him.
He also indicted the ICPC for revealing information to the institution, which eventually led to the termination of his appointment by the college.
However, the institution, in defence, stated that while it is true that some members of the management of the college were invited by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission for an alleged corruption in the college, Dr Anene-Okeakwa was not part of the officers invited by the ICPC because the alleged corruption did not take place during her regime.
SaharaReporters, New York