Serious irregularities unearthed in UET Jalozai campus project
|Peshawar, May 15: Serious irregularities have been unearthed in the administrative and
financial matters of Rs6.565 billion under-construction project of Jalozai
campus of the NWFP University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. Reliable sources said that administrative approval of
Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) to the execution of
Jalozai campus project was formally notified by the Higher Education Commission
(HEC) on October 30, 2007 while the HEC released funds on March 6, 2008, while
construction work to a "ghost contractor" was awarded by UET vide director works
letter no. 2019-21/DOW/EU dated September 22, 2007.
The reason behind
award of various contracts of the project prior to its approval and release of
funds was to mint quick money by some of the top officials in the UET
administration, the sources alleged.
The contract for the construction of
the boundary wall of the Jalozai campus was awarded to contractor Al-Mayar
Associates, Peshawar, on September 22, 2007. The estimated cost for the wall was
Rs13.96 million, while an amount of Rs22.311 million was approved for it with a
six-month duration for completion.
It was in February 2008, four months
after the contract had been awarded, that the contractor refused to continue the
construction, saying his firm was incapable to carry out further work on the
already approved rates and the firm appealed to the university to cancel his
contract before its completion, which the university did and also made payment
to the firm, the sources said.
A senior official associated with the
project said that the construction work on the boundary wall was
substandard and it was not approved by the project director concerned and above
all the contractor had left it halfway, even then payments were made by the
vice-chancellor and director for finance for the incomplete work that raised
He said it was a matter of serious concern that a strong wall
had been erected for jail at the same site several years ago which could not be
utilised as the provincial government dropped the idea to shift the prison
there. Now that the wall, which is well constructed, would be demolished and a
substandard boundary wall is being erected instead, which is beyond
understanding, he added.
It was under the Jalozai project that the
finance director of the University Sarwar Khan visited USA and inked a
memorandum of understanding with George Washington University under which
teachers of the UET would be trained at MS and PhD levels.
enough, three fresh graduates were sent to the said university under the Rs1.42
billion human resource development programme of Jalozai campus. They included
Omer Imtiaz Gilani, son of incumbent vice-chancellor of UET Peshawar Imtiaz
Hussain Gilani, the sources said and added that Omer was a fresh graduate of
Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, Swabi.
The most interesting aspect of the
project was that the vice-chancellor and finance director (a person with
commerce degree having no formal planning or engineering background) were made
indispensable for the 84-month-long project, the sources said.
senior professors of the university opined that appointment of vice-chancellor
and finance director in the project was a bid to save their job particularly
that of the later, who was going to retire by the end of this year.
Perhaps it would be the most unique PC-1 wherein the services of two
persons were made necessary till completion of the minimum seven-year-long
project. The PC-1 approved by the vice-chancellor and director finance, it says:
"The project will be administered by the incumbent director for finance and
planning as its principal officer and overall in charge under the supervision of
the vice-chancellor. For this purpose, he will be elevated to the status of
adviser on finance and planning on the analogy of the position of advisor in
Higher Education Commission in Grade 21.
"Necessary provision for this
position shall be made in the recurring budget of the university. As continuity
of thoughts and action is an essential requirement for the successful
implementation of any mega project, the position of existing top concerned
management of UET dealing with this project (i.e. the incumbent vice-chancellor
and director/advisor finance and planning) should remain unchanged till the
competition of the project. Upon reaching the stage of superannuation, the
incumbent director for finance and planning will continue to work as adviser on
finance and planning giving the expert professional services to the university
and also supervise this mega project till its completion. His salary after
retirement will be fixed at market rate by the vice-chancellor. He will also
retain his present official residence on Peshawar Campus, conveyance and free
utilities for which necessary provision will be maintained in the UET recurring
budget." The News
"This is very true story and clearly states the curruption of V.C and D.F. But as Governor NWFP, Owais Ghanni is close associate of V.C. Imtiaz Gillani, so no force can hurt V.C. Owais Ghanni also made a history by extending the V.C tenure by 4 years so that if he is not there after 2 years then his friend VC can work for long. This event is occurred for the first time in hisotory. It is also worth mentioning that Sarwar Khans son in law is also sent for PhD under Jalozai Project scheme while he did not fullfil the requirements. Besides that both VC and DF spend their summer vacations in USA under the Jalozai Project umberalla in signing academic linkages for which most appropriate person all over the world is Dean of Engineering. As new government is in place so they should work against this Lethal Combination of V.C. Imtiaz Gillani and D.F. Sarwar Khan to save University. "
City, Country: Peshawar, Pakistan
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