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No rugby team at SINU but the university spends $34K on uniform as scandal further exposed

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The Solomon Islands National University (SINU) may not have a rugby team—but last year they acquired a rugby uniform set worth around $34,000 but was never received by the university.

This was one of the findings of the internal audit into the alleged abuse of university funds in the Wakaman Inc printing scandal.

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As more details are revealed into the secret dealings, the university today announced the sacking of Pro Vice Chancellor Academic, and the Dean of the Faculty of Nursing with immediate effect. Three others obtained a High Court Order to halt further disciplinary actions against them but the university said they are challenging the order.

Five people were accused of the scandal, which was said to involve a substantial amount of money being taken from the university.

Professor Aqorau earlier stated that following a thorough investigation that spanned seven months, SINU had suspended five staff members implicated in the alleged fraudulent practices. The investigation, initiated in December 2022, was prompted by reports of irregularities and financial discrepancies related to printing services provided by Wakaman Inc, a company that does not own a printing machine.”

But as investigations are deepened into the fraud, it has also uncovered a rare discovery in which a rugby uniform was procured at $34,440 for the university last year when in reality SINU never had a rugby team. The actual cost of rugby team uniform from one of the shops in Honiara was $10,440.

SINU confirmed that it never had a rugby team and further established that $34,440 put against the cost of the uniform.

Investigators have continued to probe into the fraud at the country’s national university.

Professor Aqorau earlier today stated that: “We take such matters extremely seriously, and the investigation will be conducted diligently to ensure transparency and fairness,” he added,

 SINU Management is unwavering in our commitment to promoting good governance, honesty, and ethical conduct within the institution.

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