Some staff members of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, have revealed how a university’s syndicate has been issuing fake degree certificates to fraudulent students.
SaharaReporters learned that one of several aggrieved workers attached to the Directorate of Academic Planning, Monitoring and Registry wrote an anonymous letter to the ABU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kabir Bala, asking him to investigate the syndicate which was soiling the reputation of the university.
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In the letter obtained by Tropics Nigeria News, the workers explained that one of such instances was a Bachelor of Science in Physics, Second-Class Upper Division certificate, issued to a female student who had already withdrawn from the school in 2015.
The said female student was withdrawn for poor performance, but the syndicate helped her secure the ABU certificate.
The workers dared the VC to verify the Physics Department’s claims while alleging a cover-up in some of the affected departments.
The letter dated December 17, 2020, partly reads, “We, the staff of the above unit of our great university, wish to bring to your notice the issuance of a fake degree result, i.e., B.Sc. Physics (Second Class Upper) to a female student named Shafaatu Abdullahi with Registration number U15/PY/2014 who had withdrawn from this university since 2015.
“She was withdrawn for poor academic performance. This candidate was removed in her first academic session in the Physics department. Information that we sourced is that this same withdrawn student was provided with all the necessary documentation to be mobilized in the National Youth Service Corps program. She is thus either mobilized in the NYSC scheme. We have attached a copy of the fake statement of results for your inquiry.
“Sir, we are proud of this university, and we felt we shouldn’t just remain mute. We are very sure that this BSc (Physics) result issued to this student is fake. We were hoping you could confirm the work as any delay could jeopardize this great university’s standard.
“We are sure many staff members are aware of this habit of the connivance of our staff with students to issue fake statements of results. It is no longer news or rumors that some do get away with these simulated results of ABU, Zaria, and secure jobs.
The university needs to eradicate this crime before we lose our glory. We have confidence in you and are sure you will take decisive action.”
The letter was also copied to the Registrar, Director, Academic Planning, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, and the Non-Academic Staff of Universities.