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Cyril Sermon (@admin)
9 months ago

A Federal Government agency, National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies, has been accused of spending N8.5 billion yearly for its 5,963 staff to conduct examination for students.

This revelation came to light when the Senate Committee on Finance and Appropriation met with the NBAIS leadership.

The lawmakers on the committee expressed displeasure with the Registrar and Chief Executive of the NBAIS, Prof. Mohammed Abdullahi, for spending so much money and achieving little and not remitting money generated to the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

Abdullahi said the institution paid N30 million into the CRF out of the N410 million generated from the conduct of the examination.

Expressing his displeasure, the Chairman of the Committee, Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, questioned how the institution conducted just one exam in a year and spent over N410 million.

Adeola said: “To conduct an exam in a year, they are saying they have spent over N380 something million and you are here to collect another budget from the Federal Government.

“Having contributed just N35 million.

“And if they are asked for their budget, they will be telling me in the region of N10 billion to N20 billion.”

Another lawmaker on the committee, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, stated that there is a need to investigate the activities of the institution.

Olujimi said: “5,963 members of staff arranging for one examination in a year and being paid N8.5 billion and now generating only N410 million out of which you remit only N35 million?

“There is a need to look deeper into what this is all about.”

The committee resolved to set up sub-committee that will investigate the activities of the institution.