The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) and other Civil Society partners on Friday passed a strong vote of C
confidence for incorruptibility on the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu an exonerated him of involvement in alleged contract scam at the federal university, Gusau.
The National President of NYCN, Mr Solomon Adodo,who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja, also called on 247ureporters, Sahara Reporters and thier allies to immediately retract the misleading story reported against the minister.
It would be recalled that the online media wrote a story with the caption ‘ Adamu in trouble as EFCC makes arrest, open investigation on education ministry.
The online news platform had allegedly linked the Education Minister to a contract scam at the University of Gusau to the tune of N3billion meant for the construction of perimeter Wall Fence around the university
Adodo said that the story was a desperate attempts to disparage the image of the Minister of Education and derail the spate of progress being recorded in the educational sector while calling it a baseless story.
” It is a clear fact that the development or economic progression of any nation or society is closely tied to the advances made in the educational sector.
“One key factor in the educational process which has remained constant from the times of the ancient scholars till the present is the shrewd discipline that should bother all processes, persons and institutions in the education chain.
“Little wonder one must be found worthy in character and in learning to be qualified for an academic degree.”
According to him, it is noteworthy that under the disciplined and transparent watch of the Minister of Education, all loopholes that allowed for diversion of funds in the agencies under the Ministry were identified and efficiently blocked.
Adodo further noted that the finances conserved in the process had thus been channeled to other meaningful projects while reducing the costs of all major examination fees including NECO and UTME/JAMB fees.
He therefore said that the attack on the minister was not only geared at crippling the recovery the education sector had recorded after the devastating Covid-19 lockdown but also a subtle smear strategy against the government.
” Available records show that neither did the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) nor any other antigraft agency invite the Minister.
“On issues of financial efficiency, prudence and fiscal transparency the Ministry of Education has performed excellently with no room for criminal elements contrary to what those publications would have us believe.
“Our detailed findings show the following developments under Mallam Adamu Adamu which strongly affirm his knack for transparency and fiscal accountability,” he said.