Tuesday 23 April 2019

UNIBEN SUG President, Secretary General, 3 Others Suspended

Five members of the University of Benin Students’ Union Government have been suspended from office indefinitely over
alleged “gross misconduct” and “negligence”, CAMPUS GIST reports.

Their suspension came on Saturday, April 20 at the first sitting of the Parliamentary arm since their inauguration in August, 2018.

Those suspended include the President, Idehen Charles; Vice President, Chikamso Glory; Secretary General, Francis Ihejirika; Director of Welfare, Ikponmwen Godspower; and Director of Finance, Iyobosa Oviawe.

According to our correspondent who observed the sitting, the President was suspended for allegedly signing an “agreement” with the school authority to impose a N3,000 levy on the students, while the Vice President was suspended for allegedly sourcing funds amounting to over a million naira in the name of the union ‘without the consent or approval of the Parliament.’

The Director of Welfare was suspended for “neglecting his duties” by allowing grasses to take over the school environment, and not attending to light issues on campus. The Director of Finance on the other hand, was suspended for charging students N1,000 to participate in his “Free Scholarship Programme”, while the Secretary General was suspended for leaving the Students’ Union Secretariat dirty.

The suspended members of executive are to return all union properties in their possession and vacate their offices until the committee set up to investigate their alleged crimes conclude their investigation.

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