Focusing On Financial Improprieties: Conversations, Reactions And Counter Rejoinders BY PETER AGI

In Breaking News, Education, Opinion, Politics

It is preposterous to hold these views, impiously, about the current realities in the University of Calabar. There shall be travesty of justice, if they are perceived allegations of financial misconducts and those improprieties are not looked into.

This will not be the first time that investigations are carried out with the intention to ascertain the veracity of claims made against any past administration. Trying to give unfair, unwarranted public attention to a normal administrative procedures, while also publicly positing falsehood, by calling out for stoppage of such investigative procedures is regrettable.

Let’s allow the process of cleaning a dirty system to go on. Everybody is a suspect until the law proves otherwise. There were evidently massive failure to observe standards of honesty or modesty; improper behaviour or character by some people in their conduct of administrative leadership.

Some of us were investigated and the world did not collapse. No grudge. Issues of misdemeanors are often scandalous, yet the factor that you are involved demands that you put your efforts to clear them. Integrity battle demand that you face it, rather than finding a way to runaway. It is already in the public domain. Face the investigation and get cleaned.

What’s wrong in this? Please let me know. Responsibility, transparency and accountability are thresholds for administrative excellence. The hallmark for any credible management is to entrench financial discipline while fighting against financial improprieties. Fighting against malfeasance, perceived misappropriation and other vices of fraudulent misapplication of public funds cannot be viewed as been in the news for the wrong reasons.

Let’s pursue justice and fairness to the latter. Only an incredibly terrific personality with strong integrity trait can embark on such. Well the man whose cupboards are clean, does not fear when it is said that it should be opened.

Unfortunately, nostalgia and sentimentality seem to be the overwhelming overindulgences that prevent humanity from embarking on purification efforts. What’s bad is bad and should be discarded. What’s good and morally correct should be encouraged. A man who steals and generously gives out alms should not be freed because he gave out alms.

We must not refuse to face the pain of proving our innocence at any time. A true test of integrity, honesty and sincerity can only be proven when you pass through the fire.

What’s before us now are mere allegations which must be evidentially proven beyond reasonable doubts. We must eschew sentiments and allow objectivity to be our guides to actionable steps in the interest of fairness. Let our people avoid downplaying the rules of engagement.

We can follow the rules and take advantage of the rules to make money. Everyone wants to make money, but we must be mindful of making excessive money. There are procedures in employing people. Let’s always follow those paths to engage staff.

The different groups hired to project evil as good are the bane of our society. Let the internal investigation see the light. Paid advertorials and sponsored publications intended to diminish the very essence of entrenching a paradigm shift in pendulum swings in the regards of corruption, can not and should not disrupt the goal of sanitizing the system for the good of posterity and an enduring legacy of maintainability and sustainability of financial discipline.

Peter Agi is a former Bursar of the University of Calabar, UNICAL and writes from Calabar, the State capital.

NB: Opinions expressed in this article are strictly attributable to the author, First Baba Isa and do not represent the opinion of CrossRiverWatch or any other organization the author works for/with.

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