By Tony Obiechina
The National Business and Technical Examinations Board(NABTEB) has said its Registrar/CEO is not on suspension as being insinuated in some quarters and a section of the press.
Rather, the Examination body said the Registrar was being investigated by a Committee of the Governing Board of and not any of the Anti-Corruption Agencies of the Federal Government.
In a statement in Abuja, NABTEB said the administrative exercise headed by a member of the Board, Dr Charles I Osahon which is looking into alleged administrative breaches contained in a report by the Registrar will be completed by June 6.
The statement signed by Tom Chiahemen, the Media and Publicity Consultant to NABTEB reads in full.
“It has become necessary to issue this statement in response to enquiries from some media organisations (and indeed reports in some online publications) purporting that all is not well with the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB).
It is not true that the Registrar/Chief Executive of NABTEB has been suspended by the Governing Board, neither is she or any Management staff of the agency being investigated by either the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the ICPC over contract awards, recruitment of financial impropriety.
The true position is that the Governing Board of NABTEB has constituted a five-man special committee to investigate charges in the Report of the Chairman in respect of the documents submitted by the Registrar/Chief Executive of the examination body.
This was the outcome of an Emergency meeting of the Governing Board held at the Abuja Liaison Office of NABTEB on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 with the Registrar/CE, Professor Ifeoma Mercy Isiugo-Abanihe in attendance.
As clearly explained by the Secretary to the Board, Malam Adamu Bello, the terms of reference of the special committee are: “To process all documents submitted by the Registrar/Chief Executive of NABTEB to the Chairman of the Board” and “to write a summary report viz aviz matters contained in the letter reference NABTEB/GB/EBM/002.”
According to Malam Adamu Bello, the special committee, which has Dr. Charles I. Osahon (a Presidential Appointee) as Chairman, is expected to submit its Report to the Chairman of the Board on or before 6th June, 2018.
Other members of the committee are Dr (Mrs) Rachel Bassey Akpabio (Presidential Appointee), Mr. J. O. Oke (Representative of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC), Mrs. Tina E. Eyaru (Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education) and, Dr. Titus Umaru (Representative of Professional and Business Teachers’ Association) who will serve as Secretary.”