The Bursary Unit

Welcome Message from the Bursar

Welcome to Bursary Department of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri; the financial management hub of the University.  The Department performs the Financial and Accounting functions of the University and it is also charged with the responsibilities of maintaining financial records, rendering financial services and managing financial resources through the efficient application of accounting procedures, principles and standards.

The Department is headed by the University Bursar, who is the Chief Financial Officer of the University and is responsible to the Vice Chancellor for the day-to-day administration, control and supervision of the financial matters of the University.  The Bursar is a member of the University Management and is ably assisted by Deputy Bursars and Unit Heads.

The Mission of the Bursary Department is to provide effective and sound financial management that will recognize the core values of financial integrity, Accuracy, Accountability and ethical culture of providing prompt and satisfactory service with discipline, probity and professionalism.

The Vision of the Bursary Department is to fully computerize operations with highly skilled staff through training and retraining programmes, driven by professional excellence to achieve speed and accuracy in the responses to the information and financial needs of the University Community in conformity with Government and University Financial Rules and Regulations.

Our History

The queen and servant of every organization, the Bursary Department took off with the rest of the key units of the new University administration on January 1981 under the initial headship of Mr. A.O. Nwokocha as the Acting Bursar.

The Department had an initial total 20 staff members who were located mainly at the ground floor of what served then as the seat of the University administration at plot 94 Ikenegbu Layout Owerri.  The Bursary was comprised of five sections namely Cash Office, Payroll, Main Accounts, Estimates and Expenditure Control.  The Student Accounts section was created in 1982/83 when the University opened its doors to the first set of students.

The Bursary joined other units of the University in moving to the permanent site in 1993 and was initially located at the SEET Workshop II.  Thereafter, spaces were allocated to the department at SEET and SOSC buildings.

The Bursary Department with initial staff strength of about 20 in 1981, the department now has total staff strength of about 160 and currently occupying the Bursary wing of the Senate Building.  The Department has 5 divisions each headed by a Deputy Bursar, serviced by a well established secretariat.  The divisions are Budget and Expenditure (BBE), Treasury and Investment (T&I), Salaries, Advances and Pension (SAP), Student Accounts (SA) and Final Accounts (FA) with many units.  Also Central Stores has a line relationship to the Bursary Department, reporting directly to the Bursar.

The Department under the amiable leadership of the Bursar is fortunate to have seasoned professionals who are passionate about their work and committed to the University Vision and Mission.

B Sc., MBA (MSU), CNA, ACTI

Brief Biography

Helen Onyege Onuoha is an Accountant with over 30 years of post-graduation experience in the discipline.

She obtained her Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and  Business Administration respectively from Morgan State University, Baltimore Maryland USA in 1984 and then went on to obtain an MBA (Master of Business Administration) in Finance from the same university in 1986.

She worked in the banking sector for some years, before joining the Federal University of Technology, Owerri in 2001. She has headed various units within the Bursary Department of the University before being appointed the University Bursar in April 2018. Prior to her appointment, she was the Deputy Bursar in charge of the Salaries, Advances and Pensions Unit of the Bursary Department.

She is a member of several professional bodies including the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria. She has attended several conferences and served on many University committees.

Helen Onuoha hails from Umunoha in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State. She was born into the Royal family of Egbuchulam Chimezie and is married to Prof. G. N. Onuoha. Her marriage is blessed with five children.

S/N?NAMES?RANK?QUALIFICATION
1ONUOHA HelenBURSARB.Sc, MBA, FCNA, FCTI
2AKUJOBI R.U.FORMER BURSARHND, MBA, FCA
3NWOKECHA D.O.FORMER BURSARB.Sc, MBA, FCNA, FCSA
4EKEKE A.C.DEPUTY BURSARB.Sc, CNA, CITN
5AMATOBI Desmond ObiomaDEPUTY BURSARB.Sc, MBA,?M.Sc, CNA, ACTI
6OKECHUKWU C.A.DEPUTY BURSARB.Sc, MBA, FCA, MNIM
7MGBENU I.E.DEPUTY BURSARB.Sc, ACA
8EKENTA I.A.DEPUTY BURSARB.Sc, NIM, CNA.
9OKORO AngelDEPUTY BURSARHND, PGDM, MBA, CNA.
10EJIKE KennethDEPUTY BURSARB.Sc, PGD, MBA, CNA.
11NJOKU F.O.DEPUTY BURSARB.Sc, MBA, CNA, ACTI
12NWADIKE Ebere O.DEPUTY BURSARB.Sc,M.Sc, CNA, CPB
13ESSIEN M.D.CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERHND, PGD, CPA, ANIM
14CHUKWUDI Mark C.CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICERHND
15OKECHUKWU O. KaluCHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., M.Sc., CNA, CIA
16OBIH Uche E.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTOND, HND, PGD, MBA, CNA.
17OPARA JohnCHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
18NWACHUKWU Joy N.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., FRC, MNIM, ICPAN, CNA.
19ANIEKWE HenrietaCHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., PGD, CNA.
20NNAMAH F.O.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., M.Sc.
21NNAMDI Blessing Nkechi C.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., M.Sc., ACIPDM, CNA.
22IWUALLA Augustine N.O.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., MPA, CNA, FCIA, FCA, CITN
23OKEREKE C.O.CHIEF ACCOUNTANT
24EZEONYE Solomon C.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTHND, PGDM, MBA, FCA
25ANELE GibsonCHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., M.Sc., CNA.
26OJI Okechukwu Christian</aCHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., M.Sc., ACIFCN, CNA.
27AHMED Rakiya M.CHIEF ACCOUNTANT
28OKEH Chibuzo H.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., CNA.
29IHEONYE J.U.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., PGD, CNA.
30UGAH A.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
31AWU AustinDEPUTY CHIEF EXEC. OFFICER
32MBA LekwaDEPUTY CHIEF STORES OFFICEROND, HND, PGD
33ALISON Loveline NwakaegoDEPUTY CHIEF EXEC. OFFICER
34ANYANWU C. KamaluDEPUTY CHIEF EXEC. OFFICERWASC, OND
35OGUZIE C.I.DEPUTY CHIEF EXEC. OFFICERHND, PGDM, MBA, CPA
36ODU EmmanuelASST. CHIEF STORES OFFICERWASC, ADV. CERT.
37NWABUZO AngelaASST. CHIEF STORES OFFICERB.Sc.
38NJOKU Innocentia O.DEPUTY CHIEF EXEC. OFFICERHND
39ONWUMERE E.DEPUTY CHIEF EXEC. OFFICEROND, B.Sc.
40OKERE JohnKennedyASSIST. CHIEF EXEC. OFFICERHND, PGDM, FCAI, CFA
41NZEH OluchiASSIST. CHIEF STORES OFFICERB.Sc. MKT, B.Sc. Accts, NIMKG
42EZEJI ChristopherASSIST. CHIEF EXEC. OFFICER
43ALIAGHA Nkechi IhuomaASSIST. CHIEF EXEC. OFFICERNCE, B.Sc., ACIFCN
44ORJI ChristianaASST. CHIEF STORES OFFICERNCE, B.Sc.
45EKE R. O.ASST. CHIEF EXEC. OFFICERHND
46CHIMA-SILAS Oluchi A.PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
47EKENTA CLARA CHIOMAPRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT
48NWOKE OSONDU C.PRINCIPAL STORES OFFICEROND
49AMARACHUKWU U. KAMALUPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICER INCE, B.Ed
50IROEGBU ESTHERPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICERB.Sc., ACIFCN
51IHEJIETO JOYPRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT
52EZIKE CHARITY A.CHIEF ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., MBA, CITM, CNA.
53IROEZE CHINWENDU C.PRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICER II
54EZERIBE ISABELLA IFEOMAPRINCIPAL STORES OFFICERB.Sc.
55NWOSU CHINWE ANGELAPRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
56NNADI SELINE AUGUSTINEPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICERB.Sc.
57IHEZIE SYLVIA NKIRUKAPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICER IIB.Sc., Ed. ACCT., ACIFCN
58ONYIMA UCHEPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICER IIHND
59NKWOCHA PETER O.PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
60IBE JUDE CHIMAPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICERHND, ACIFCN
61EZEUGWU MARY IFEOMAPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICERHND
62NWOKEJI EZIADA CHINEMEMMAPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICER IIHND
63VIN IBEKWE OKWUCHI H.E.PRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICER IIHND
64OGUH LONGINUS UZONDUPRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., MBA., CNA.
65ONYEANWU CHIDI CHRISTIANPRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., M.Sc.
66NWACHUKWU CHARLES TOCHIPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICERB.Sc., Ed. ACCT.
67AKPAN EMMANUELPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICERHND
68ANIH THERESA OGECHUKWUPRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., MBA
69OBASI EVANGELINE C.DEPUTY CHIEF STORES OFFICEROND, HND
70NWEKE NNEKA CYNTHIAPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICERHND
71MATHEWS ANTHONIA IFEYINWAPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICEROND, B.Sc.
72AJOKU PATIENCE NWAMAKA PRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICERNCE, B.Sc., Ed. ACCT.
73NKWOCHA JUDE
74UNEGBU MGBECHI
75OKORO OBEDPRINCIPAL EXEC. OFFICEROND, B.Sc.
76MMADUABUCHI NWAMAKA E.SENIOR ACCOUNTANTOND, B.Sc., MBA
77ANYANWU ALOYSIUS N.
78ANGELA OGUZIE-IKEULOSENIOR EXEC. OFFICERNABTEB, DIP., Comp., OND
79OKERE JOHNELSON TOMIKE
80AGBACHI PAUL EZE
81EZEMA MARTHA UGOCHUKWU
82OKORO THEODORA ULUNMA
83AUGUSTINA U. PETER OBIOHASENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., ACIFCN
84IBE CASMIR IKENNASENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
85NZE RITA CHINOSENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., ACA
86UCHECHI OKEY-ONYEKWOSENIOR EXEC. OFFICERB.Sc.
87OPARA UGOCHUKWU O.
88JOVITA URENNA C. OGBONNASENIOR STORES OFFICERB.Sc.
89NWAKWASI CHRISTIAN C.SENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
90OPURUM CHUKWUEKE TOCHUKWUSENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
91EWUNONU NKEIRUKA C.SENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
92AGBO AMOS JOELSENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
93OBIEKEZIE PHILOMENA NWABUSENIOR ACCOUNTANTHND, CNA.
94AGBASI UZOAMAKA NGOZIKASENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., MBA
95EBOH CHINEDU JOHNSENIOR EXEC. OFFICERHND
96AGBO CELESTINA UCHENNASENIOR EXEC. OFFICERHND
97IDIEMERUO JACINTA O.SENIOR STORES OFFICERHND
98ENWEREUZO STELLA UDOSENIOR EXEC. OFFICERHND, ACA
99AGUNWAH CHUKWUDI LEONARDSENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc., MBA, M.Sc., ACMA, FCIFC
100NWOKEJI UCHENNA SUNDAYSENIOR ACCOUNTANTB.Sc.
101OBINECHE N.M.CHIEF CLERICAL SUPERVISORWASC
102ANYANWU GODFREYCHIEF CLERICAL SUPERVISORGCE
103NWOGUEKE CORNELIUSCHIEF CLERICAL SUPERVISORWAEC
104CHRIS-OGU CELESTINACHIEF CLERICAL SUPERVISOROND, B.Sc.
105EGBULA IJEOMA CATHERINECHIEF CLERICAL SUPERVISORWAEC
106ASIKA ROSELINE C.CHIEF STIRES SUPERVISORNABTEB
107MBATA BLESSING CHIOMASENIOR EXEC. OFFICEROND
108IGBOKWE UGOCHUKWU G.
109OJIAKU NNENNA CECILIAACCOUNTANT IB.Sc.
110UKAEGBU MARY CHIOMAACCOUNTANT IB.Sc.
111KANU UZOMA O.ACCOUNTANT IB.Sc.
112ETOAMAIHE CHUKWUMA GEORGEACCOUNTANT IB.Sc.
113EYIUCHE KANAYO DONALDACCOUNTANT IB.Sc.
114UMEH OKWY CYRILACCOUNTANT IB.Sc.
115CHINONYE KATE-GERALD CHINACCOUNTANT IB.Sc.
116OKONKWO BLESSING NGOZISENIOR EXECUTIVE OFFICERB.Sc., M.Sc.
117NKEMAKOLA DICKACCOUNTANT IB.Sc., M.Sc.
118OHAJIANYA ANTHONIASTORES OFFICEROND, B.Sc.
119ANYAOHA KINGSLEY
120ONYEKA UGOCHUKWU CHUKKA
121NWOSU IHUOMA JOYACCOUNTANT IB.Sc.
122NWOSU CHARLES AZUBUIKE
123ANYAIBE DORIS OLUCHIACCOUNTANT IB.Sc.
124OKAFOR CHIKEZIE COLLINS
125UGOCHUKWU EBERE JUSTICEACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
126OBI TEMPLE N.ACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
127OKPARA LUCY CHIZOBAACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
128ELEGHUKE-RICHARD JOY I.ACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
129AKUJOBI KEMDI UCHECHUKWUACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc., PGD
130CHUKWUEKE IRENE AMARACHIACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
131ADELAJA OLUMIDE JOSHUAACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc., B.Ed.
132OKWARA AMARACHUKWU C.ACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
133EGBE PEACE CHIDINMAACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
134OGUNDARE JOHN EBENEZERACCOUNTANT IIHND
135IGWEGBE FRANCISCA CHIOMAACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
136ANYANWU KENNETH IKECHUKWUACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
137OKWARA MAXWELL TOCHUKWUHIGHER STORES OFFICEROND, B.Sc.
138NWAORISA STELLA CHIBUZOACCOUNTANT IIB.Ed.
139EKENEDO BLESSING CYNTHIAACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
140CHINONSO FAVOUR IROAGBAACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
141IGWEGBE PRISCA ONYINYEACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
142EMELUE AMARACHI ELIZABETHACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
143KELECHI LINDA AHAOTUACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
144OBI JOY KELECHIACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
145JINGE IOREMBER TIMOTHYACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
146OGONNA AKUNNA JESSICA ADIZUEACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
147AKAHOMHEN PERPETUA C.ACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
148AKAGHA OGECHUKWU NDUDIHIGHER STORES OFFICERHND
149UGORJI DANIEL KELECHIHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
150ORJI MARGRET BLESSINGHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERB.Sc.
151JOHN-UBA CHISOM PRISCAHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
152OGARAEKEM CHUKWUKA JUSTUSHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
153OKWARA FRANCISCA NKEIRUKAHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
154OLUCHI PATIENCE IHEMEGBULEMHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERB.Sc.
155UKAEGBU THERESA IFECHUKWUHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
156OKERE CHINEDU BENHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
157CHIGBU IJEOMA DEBORAHHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
158ONYEKA OLIVE-LIBERTY OZIOMAHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
159ANORUO CHINONYEREM N.HIGHER EXEC. OFFICERB.Sc.
160AMADI OGECHI MARYJANEHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
161OKWUSOGU PAUL CHUKWUEMEKAHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERB.Sc.
162ANAYO VERNATINUS OLUMBAHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
163ONYENWE-EMEKA STELLA ADAHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND
164EDOM LAURA CHINYEREHIGHER EXEC. OFFICEROND
165OPARA MICHAEL ONYEDIKACHIHIGHER EXEC. OFFICERHND, MNIM
166OKEREKE JANE KALUEXECUTIVE OFFICERHND
167DURUIGBO PAULINE CHINYEREEXECUTIVE OFFICERHND
168ABAMARA SAMUEL KELECHIEXECUTIVE OFFICEROND
169EKE EMMANUEL UGOCHUKWUEXECUTIVE OFFICERNCE
170OSUEKE SHEPHERD OGECHISTORES OFFICERHND
171EKE CYNTHIA ULUMMAEXECUTIVE OFFICERNCE
172OGU POLYCARP CHINENYEZEACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc., MBA
173IFEANYI OGECHI ENDURANCEEXECUTIVE OFFICEROND
174EZEJIMMADU ONYEBUCHI DANIEXECUTIVE OFFICEROND
175NJOKU NNENNA CLARASTORES OFFICERB.Sc.
176ASOLUKA MADUABUCHISTORES OFFICERHND, PGD
177DIKE CYNTHIA
178OZUMBA CHINWENDU NWABUEZESTORES OFFICERB.Sc.
179OFFODILE ONYINYE MAYACCOUNTANT IIB.Sc.
180ONYEULOR KINGSLEY OGBONNASTORES OFFICERB.Sc.
181NWOSU ANGELA IFEOMASTORES OFFICERB.Sc.
182OJIMBA CHIDINMA ESTHERSTORES OFFICERB.Sc.
183NWITE GLADYS NDIDISTORES OFFICERHND
184NWANERI PASCHAL OBINNASTORES OFFICERHND
185METU PRECIOUS ADAOBISTORES OFFICERHND
186OGAZIERE PIUS CHIMEZIEEXECUTIVE OFFICEROND
187OBIAGA EUDORA CHIKAODISTORES OFFICERB.Sc.
188NWAOBILOR BRIDGET HELEN
189NJEMANZE CHIDINMA EUCHARIA
190UWAJUMOGU OGECHI S.STORES OFFICERHND
191EMEH JOSEPH ChujiokePRINCIPAL STORE KEEPERB.Sc.

This section is made up of:

  • Budget Unit
  • Expenditure Control Unit
  • Fixed Assets Unit

Budget Unit

This unit is responsible for preparing the University’s financial estimates as well as various reports relating to the funds of the University as required by the University Governing Council, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation, Budget Office of the Federation, National Universities Commission (NUC) and other relevant agencies.

Procedures

The following procedures are involved in the preparation of the budget:

  • Call circulars are sent to Heads of Departments/Units concerned to prepare and submit in a pre-determined format, an estimate of the cost of running their units in the forthcoming year.
  • The proposals received are collated, considered and adjusted to generate a draft estimate.
  • Presentation and defence of draft estimates of the proposal at the budget and estimates committee of the University.
  • Preparation of aggregate estimate of revenue and expenditure-based on-budget performance of the current financial year.
  • Amendments are made where necessary and the aggregate estimates are presented to the Finance and General Purposes Committee (F&GPC) for recommendation to the University Governing Council for final approval.
  • Communicate the Council’s approval of Budget to departments and units.
  • A commitment to actual expenditure in the Expenditure Control Unit and School Accounting Units.
  • Periodic preparation of budget performance.

Expenditure Control Unit

This unit is responsible for monitoring and controlling the expenditure of units in the University.

Once operating budgets are approved, Expenditure Control Officers open Vote Books for every funded code in the budget profile and ensure that all instruments used in expending money are controlled. The instruments are Local Purchase Orders, Job Orders, Letters of Award/Commission, Contract Agreements, Receipts and Payment Vouchers. The control must ensure that budgetary provisions exist for meeting liabilities arising from the issue and release of these instruments.

The following procedures are adopted for processing payments:

  • Approved requests for payment are sent to the Bursar.
  • Vote balance is confirmed to ensure fund availability before processing of an approved request.
  • Enter expenditure in the vote book and draw down the balance.
  • Raise, check and sign payment vouchers by different persons authorized
  • Payment vouchers are sent to the Internal Audit for verification and certification.
  • Audited payment vouchers with relevant documents are transmitted by the internal Audit unit to the cash office for payment.
  • In processing payment certificates on the expenditure of Capital nature
  • Physical Planning and Development Unit issues an interim payment certificate in respect of the project.
  • A file is opened for each project.
  • Confirm fund release for the project
  • Repeat other payment processes as outlined above:

Payment Voucher and Internal Control:

The documents used in paying out University funds called Payment Voucher (PV) is produced and authenticated in the Expenditure and Control Unit before the Internal Audit prepayment checks. The essence of centralizing the preparation and authentication of payment voucher in the expenditure control unit is to ensure effective internal control, where various officers are involved in the raising of a payment voucher namely:

  • The officer that writes the payment voucher based on a written approval document.
  • The officer that checks and passes the payment voucher.
  • The Accountant that approves payment on behalf of the Bursar.
  • These officers must append their signatures to the document and in doing so they certify that:
  • The bill relates to the financial year in question.
  • The bill is for relevant needs of the University.
  • An identifiable creditor is involved
  • Evidence is available showing that due value has been received by a proper officer of the University.
  • Appropriate authority to incur expenditure is evident on the voucher or its supporting documents.

Management Reports

In addition to the preparation of draft estimates and draft budgets, the unit also prepares monthly or quarterly reports on the performance of the budget, showing clearly what has been committed and what is left for the remaining part of the financial year. The Unit also furnishes the Bursar and the Vice-Chancellor, a shortlist of Votes that have been fully committed and those on which no commitments have been made.

Fixed Assets Register Unit

The Expenditure Unit also maintains a Fixed Asset Register for all fixed assets purchased /acquired. The details of the Fixed Asset Register include;

  • Date of purchase
  • Description of item
  • Mode of acquisition i.e. purchased or donated
  • Cost of purchase
  • Funding source
  • Identification/serial number
  • Location of assets
  • Cost at time of purchase/acquisition
  • Depreciation method and rate
  • Vendor’s name and address
  • Date of disposal
  • Realized value at disposal.

For control purposes, the Bursary does not put any person on the payroll unless there is a receipt of a copy of that person’s letter of appointment and an appropriate report that the person has assumed duties…

(a) Salary/Payroll for New Employees

This is where lists of all employees whether on permanent or temporary appointment as well as a pension is compiled with a view to determining their salaries and wages in compliance with the terms under which each is remunerated.

For control purposes, the Bursary does not put any person on the payroll unless there is a receipt of a copy of that person’s letter of appointment and an appropriate report that the person has assumed duties from the Registrar.

Authority to place any person on the payroll must come from the Registrar to the Bursar. This authority can only be implemented on receipt of the following documents:

Copy of the Letter of Appointment of the employee to an established position, for which provision had been made in the current year’s personnel budget in the University.

Letter of Acceptance.

Assumption of Duty Certificate, showing details of the employee’s actual salary point and date of assumption of duty, employee’s bank details and other personal information. These documents must come in a new file opened for the employee in the Bursary.

The above information will enable the salaries unit to complete an input form to place the new staff on the payroll. When changes, such as increment, overtime, promotion, personal taxation and/or pension are advised, a temporary input form is completed to update the employee’s payroll file.

(b)    The flow of Documents for Payroll Input

A new month’s payroll processing commences in the third week of the preceding month. The data for the input, flow from the following

  1. Registry for:
    • New appointments
    • Promotions
    • Annual increment
    • Stoppage of salaries.
    • Disengagements e.g. Retirement, Resignation, Leave, Change of Status, Death, etc.
  2. Departments for:
    • Overtime or shift duties
  3. Unions for:
    • Dues and incidental check-offs

Other deductions as might be necessary

All data variations as they concern staff from the Registry are being updated on the Personnel Module of the Pay Programme. Other variations from the departments/units as concerned individual staff are updated on the Payroll Module.

Simultaneously, all memoranda received at the EDP Unit are also cross-checked to ensure that all the month’s data and variations for staff are correctly captured into the payroll system.

The Computer Unit prints out the Payroll Report separately for each unit. The reports comprise the Pay Summary, Pay Slips, Bank Listing, Departmental Journal and Deduction Schedules. The reports are despatched to the Salaries & Wages Unit to raise necessary vouchers and then forwarded to the Internal Audit Unit for auditing procedures. After auditing, these reports are brought back to the Salaries and Wages Unit with observations (if any) for necessary action. The gross pay is committed into the Vote Book. The payroll reports are finally forwarded to the Cash Office for payment.

4.  Payment of National Youth Service Corp

Documents required are:

  • Letter of Postings
  • Monthly Clearance Letter

5.  Payment of Students on Industrial Attachment/Students’ Work Aid Scheme

Document required is:

  • Schedule of work done prepared by the Students‟ Affairs Division

6.  Payment of Graduate Fellowship Awards, Teaching Assistantship, Skilled Casual Staff and Adjunct Lecturers Documents required:

  • Letter of Postings
  • Monthly Clearance Letter

When the above documents are obtained, a file is opened for the individuals concerned and information is entered into the system by the officer assigned to the department through the Basic Maintenance Form filled by the staff.

The Payroll Computer Unit captures all the salaries prepared by individual officers through its server and then prints out the salary reports including deductions which the Unit uses to raise payment voucher. The payment vouchers and salary computer printouts are then sent to the Internal Audit Unit for prepayment audit and thereafter to the Cash Office for payment.

(c)    Loans and Advances

This unit operates to grant loans and advances that have been approved for staff and keeps such individual records to explain the balances of the control accounts of the institutions general or nominal ledger. Loans and advances are facilities granted to staff either as welfare, or, to assist in furthering a particular course or for the purchase of a specific item for official use. These include Salary, Rent, Touring, Purchase Advances etc.

(i)    Processing Advance

Advances are paid to officers to ensure the success of official engagements. The processing procedure is as follows:

  • The necessary documents of advances are entered in the vote book and forwarded to the Advances section for processing of the payment voucher.
  • Payment voucher is sent for prepayment audit.
  • Payment voucher is sent to the cash office by Internal Audit unit for payment.

When touring or purchase is completed, the advance is retired (accounted for), by attaching relevant receipts to justify the expenditure.

When there is overspending, approval is required from the relevant authority to process a refund.

Where a member of staff fails to retire within the stipulated period, send a letter of reminder. If there is no response, Salaries and Wages Unit is informed to commence a deduction from the salary of the concerned staff for recovery.

(ii)    Retirement of Advance

At retirement, the papers will be sent to the Creditors, Debtors and Advances Unit. On receipt of the documents, check to make sure that only original receipts are attached and the amount is not less than the advance collected.

Attach the earlier copy of the advance sent to the Unit and input accordingly.

Where there is overspending, approval is required from the relevant authority to process a refund.

Where a member of staff fails to retire within the stipulated period, send a letter of reminder. If there is no response, Salaries and Wages Unit is informed to commence a deduction from the salary of the concerned staff for the purpose of recovery.

(iii)    IMPREST

These are like purchase advances but are given at the beginning of every financial year. The first imprest is paid based on the request from the Dean/Head of Department/Unit.  Subsequently, requests are made for replenishment which is treated as the retirement of the previous one. Enter expenditure in the vote book, raise payment vouchers and journals, a process to Audit and then the Cash office.

(d)    Pension and Insurance

(i)   Documentation for Pension

The following are the information required for documentation of Retirees for pensions purposes

  • Name of pensioner
  • Address of pensioner
  • Date of birth
  • Designation
  • Grade and step
  • Date employed
  • Date confirmation
  • Pay point code
  • Bank account details
  • Pension number
  • Pensionable month
  • Retirement date

The procedure is the same as for the payment of salaries.

(ii)    Renewing of Insurance Policies

  • Arrange renewal meeting with Insurance Brokers.
  • Compile and update all assets of the University prior to the renewal date.
  • Review all existing policies at the meeting with the Insurance Brokers.
  • Obtain register of all the policies from the Insurance Broker.

(iii) Processing of Insurance Claims

Report immediately to the Insurance Broker, in the event of an accident that may lead to claim.

Collect details of the event/accident from Estate & Works (E&W) or Physical Planning Department, (PP&D), or the affected department/unit accompanied by a police report and where the necessary picture of the incident with the estimate of repair.

Complete a claim form and attach all the documents relating to the claim, and send it to the Insurance Broker

The insurance underwriter appoints a Loss Adjuster who conducts the physical inspection of the scene in the presence of officers from Estate & Works (E&W) or Physical Planning Department (PP& D) for the purpose of evaluating the loss and for making necessary adjustments of the estimate of the repair where necessary. If the accident involves a motor vehicle, the insurance underwriters appoint their engineers to evaluate and make reasonably necessary adjustment of the valuation.

The Insurance Broker sends to the Bursar a Discharge Voucher (DV) stating the amount of claim the insurance company intends to pay.

The Claim Form and Discharge Voucher are sent to Estate & Works (E&W) or Physical Planning Department (PP& D) for evaluation if the amount of money the insurance company intends to pay is acceptable.

If acceptable, the DV is signed and returned to the insurance company, otherwise, the DV is returned unsigned.

The insurance company sends its cheque(s) in respect of the claim to the University.

The specific functions of the unit are:

  • Prepare and report on management account and financial statement.

The Specific Functions of the Unit are to:

  1. Prepare and report on management account and financial statement.
  2. Check the summary and detailed Trial Balance for errors
  3. Confirm accuracy of records by means of balancing and confirmatory procedures.
  4. Prepare monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual management accounts for the Management and Council.
  5. Prepare the financial statement of the University for Statutory Audit.

 

Call Over of Receipts and Payment Vouchers

  1. Confirm accuracy of codes assigned and the correctness of the documents.
  2. Raise journal vouchers to correct errors observed
  3. Receive payment vouchers and receipts from the Cash Office.
  4. Arrange both payment vouchers and receipts by bank account name for ease of call over exercise
  5. File both payment vouchers and receipts according to their respective bank account   
  6. Retrieve past records for External Auditors and Government representatives (Auditor-General, Accountant General of the Federation) from archives or any other source

 

Co-ordination of Statutory Audit of University’s Financial Statements

  1. Invite the External Auditors for the annual audit exercise.
  2. Agree on a date with the External Auditors for the commencement of the audit exercise.
  3. Attend to issues raised by the External Auditors during the audit exercise.
  4. Respond to Management Letters from the Auditors.

 

Visitation by Representatives of various Government Financial Regulatory Bodies & Agencies         

  1. Receive officials from Supervisory and Regulatory Agencies
  2. Respond to queries raised (if any)
  3. Responsible for the creation of accounting codes
  4. Communicate to various units concerned informing them of the created codes.

This unit interfaces with the students of the University through the various School Accounts Sections for their Financial Matters during their stay at the institution

(a) Undergraduate Students

  • Confirmation of fees payment

Check online receipts generated by students with the bank payment schedules and or the fees payment portal (as the case may be); in order to confirm correctness and completeness of fees paid; then sign and stamp the receipts.

  • Ledger Update

Each student’s ledger is updated automatically on-line after payment to reflect the current status, however, a back-up, manual ledger of every student is updated at the various School Accounts’ offices, with the online receipts and/or, follow-up print-out from the office of the Unit head.

  • Opening Ledger for Fresh Students

Obtain the list of registered students from the admissions office/ Information Communication Technology Centre (ICTC).

Reconcile the list with the fees payment print-out of each Department/School to ensure full compliance.

Open ledger page each for a student serially in accordance with their Registration/Matriculation numbers.

(b) Postgraduate Students

The same procedure as for undergraduate students.

 

(c) Payment to Students

Payments are made to students in respect of Bursary awards, a refund of school fees due to wrong payment, overpayment or withdrawal from a programme, refund of hostel fees due to non-allocation of bed space, etc.    

  • Payment of Students Awards
    • Ascertain that there is due authority/approval for payment to be made
    • Forward to Expenditure Control for commitment
    • Raise payment voucher (PV)
    • Forward voucher to Audit Unit for verification
    • Forward audited PV to Cash Office for e-payment
  • Payment of Refunds

A letter of request by the student concerned is received with the appropriate approval for the refund or payment.

The student’s teller is verified and a payment voucher is raised and signed by the Head of Unit before being sent to the Internal Audit Unit for pre-payment audit.

The audited e-payment voucher is sent to the Cash Office for e-payment.

(d) Students' Final Clearance
  • Check the student ledgers to ensure full payment,
  • Sign and stamp clearance form if not indebted to the University, otherwise, do not clear. 

The unit exists to ensure the effective use of available resources of the University by stocking items needed for day to day use in the office. The stores also serve as suitable places for safekeeping of non-stock items bought that may not be for use immediately.

The activities require very good storekeeping and the following are the job procedures involved:

(a) Receipt of Goods:

  1. Receive goods supplied alongside with a representative of the user department after confirming that their specifications agree with what was ordered.
  2. Raise Store Receipt Voucher (SRV) for all items received.
  3. Record SRV on the Bin Cards to reflect new stock balances.
  4. Stack goods in their designated positions in the Store.
  5. Send delivery note and SRV to the Bursar’s office for processing item for payment to the supplier.

(b) Replenishment of Stock:

Advise the Management on replenishment of stock when balances are at the re-order level so as to avoid stock out.

(c) Stores Procedure for Stock taking Exercise:

The store’s procedure for stocktaking exercise is as follows:

  1. Notification for the exercise is received by the store officer
  2. The store personnel arrange the store in an orderly manner
  3. Updated Bin Cards are provided for the exercise
  4. The stock takers count the physical stocks and reconcile them with the Bin Card balances
  5. The following persons sign the stock sheets used for the exercise:
    • The Storekeeper
    • The leader of the Stock takers
    • The Internal Auditors
    • The External Auditors
  6. Copies of the stock sheets are distributed to the following:
    • The External Auditors
    • Internal Auditors
    • The Bursary (Final Accounts Unit)
(d) Issuance of Goods:

Stock items are issued based on approval by an authorizing officer or his nominee. Such issuance of stock is made if a properly filled Stores.  Requisitions and issue voucher has been priced by the stores and controlled by the Expenditure Control unit.

The Stores Requisition and Issue Voucher (SIV) is a medium of allocating stores items to users and is the written evidence for debiting the votes or accounts of the user units. To the Storekeeper, it is the only evidence to show that he has parted with stock while to the user unit it serves as a request to withdraw stock.

The essential information to look out for on the form by the Storekeeper are:

  1. Name of item
  2. Code of charge
  3. Signature of the authorizing officer
  4. Quantity required
  5. Department/School/Unit
  6. Unit of issue

Cash/Treasury and Investment Unit

This section is subdivided into two to comply with sections of the financial regulations which require the separation of staff that pay or receive money from those who keep and reconcile the records of the financial transactions. The two sections are the cash and the records and reconciliation office made up of the Receiving Cashier, the Paying Cashier and the Reconciliation Officer. The two sections work hand in hand to fulfil the following functions for which the unit exists.

  • To receive all monies due to the University and issue receipts for the money.
  • To ensure that all such monies are kept in secure custody until lodged into the institution’s bank account
  • To produce the receipt analysis and summary registers from where the Main Cash Book is prepared.
  • To pay all staff and student claims.
  • To pay all duly authorized vouchers relating to supplies of goods and services from contractors.
  • To pay staff salaries, pensions and gratuity claims as duly processed and approved.
  • To prepare the Cashbook for all cash and bank transactions and ensure agreement with cash at hand.
  • To draw up the daily or weekly fund position statements for the attention of the Bursar and the Vice-Chancellor.
  • To prepare the Monthly Bank Reconciliation Statements.
  • To keep custody of all original payment vouchers and book copies of all receipt vouchers, as well as a record of their movement to other Units until the Internal and External Auditors, have acted on them.
  • To prepare other reports on demand.

1. Accounting Record

To carry out these duties successfully, the Unit keeps the following books.  A Register for each bank account to record all payments made on that bank account in their strict serial orders.

  • Receipts Analysis Register in which all receipts issued are entered in their serial number order daily; extended to a total column and to a column for the accounts code to be credited with the amount received.
  • The Main Cash Books; Despite current computerization, which is intended to produce cash and bank accounts and even reconciles these amounts with statements from the bank, the need for a properly written up cash book is well recognized. The University has several bank accounts. A cash book is maintained for each bank account.
  • Bank Reconciliation Statement Files: Bank reconciliation must be done monthly or even more frequently. The monthly statements together with the Bank Statement should be accumulated in files opened for each bank account.

2. Disbursements

All payments are made through the e-payment system as directed by the Accountant-General of the Federation. The following processes are involved;

  • Payment vouchers raised in favour of vendors, contractors, staff and students are received from the Internal Audit Unit.
  • The incoming payment vouchers are keyed into the computer system and assigned numbers.
  • A mandate is raised for payment with the following features;
    • Name of the beneficiary
    • Bank details
    • Amount to be paid
    • Purpose of payment
    • Mandate number
    • Authorized signatories

After due authorization, the mandate is uploaded in the payment platform for disbursement.

Functions of the Bursary Unit

Headship of the Bursary Unit

S/NNAMESDURATION
1.

Mr. A. O. Nwokeocha

1981-1983
2.Mr. Sylvester N. Opara1984-1997
3.Mrs. Chinedum C. Ahiarakwe1997-2003
4.Mr. Robinson U. Akujobi2003-2013
5.

Mr. A. O. Nwokeocha

2013-2018
6.

Mrs. Helen Onuoha

2018 to-date

Divisions and their Heads

Mrs Ebere Nwadike

Deputy Bursar/Coordinator

Budget and Budgetary Expenditure (BBE)

Mr. Anthony Ugah

Chief Accountant/CoordinatorDev.

Treasury and Investment (T&I)

Mr. Augustine Ekeke

Deputy Bursar/Coordinator

Salaries, Advances and Pension (SAP)

Mr. Christopher Okechukwu

Deputy Bursar/Cordinator

Student Accounts

Deputy Bursars and their Responsibilities

Mrs Ebere Nwadike

Deputy Bursar/Coordinator

Budget and Budgetary Expenditure (BBE)

Mr. Anthony Ugah

Chief Accountant/CoordinatorDev.

Treasury and Investment (T&I)

Mr. Augustine Ekeke

Deputy Bursar/Coordinator

Salaries, Advances and Pension (SAP)

Mr. Christopher Okechukwu

Deputy Bursar/Cordinator

Student Accounts

Mr Desmond O. Amatobi

Deputy Bursar/Coordinator

Final Accounts

Mr. Kenneth C. Ejike

Deputy Bursar/Coordinator

Budget Unit

Miss. Ifeoma E. Mgbenu

Deputy Bursar/Coordinator

Post-Graduate School

Mrs Angela Okoro

Deputy Bursar/Cordinator

Centre for Continuing Education (CCE)

Mr Ifeanyi Ekenta

Deputy Bursar/Coordinator

Fixed Assets Register Unit

Clearance Requirements

The Bursary Department is involved in the clearance of students at the point of graduation.  The requirements from students for this purpose include:

  1. Clearance Form originating from the Head of Department of the Student duly stamped and signed.
  2. All fee Receipts from year one to final year, which must include School Fee, Alumni fee and Convocation Receipts.
  3. There must be pre-confirmation of online receipts where the student is expected to present:
    • Portal Receipt of fee paid and
    • Bank print out of the fee paid.

Clearance is done at the respective schools’ Bursary Units.