28 October 2009

Nigeria: Sacked Lecturers Run to Local Chiefs For Help

Abuja — Four lecturers sacked for indulging in examination malpractices at Dorben Polytechnic, Garam, near Abuja, have sought the help of local chiefs to beg for their reinstatement.

This was disclosed by the institution's Chairman, Dr. Akpan Ekwere on Wednesday, while speaking with journalists on the school's preparation for its second convocation slated for this weekend.

The chairman who would not disclose names of the affected lecturers said many students were also expelled for the same offence.

"But the dismissed lecturers run to local chiefs and ask them to come and plead for them," he said.

Dr. Ekwere disclosed that the institution has put into place mechanisms to reduce cheating to the barest minimum, adding that the answer sheets are stamped on each page, while the papers are scrutinised properly.

He lamented that many students act terribly by trying to defraud the school through fake bank tellers, adding that such students have been arrested.

Our reporter learnt that about 1,500 students are to be awarded national and higher national diplomas during the school's convocation.

According to Ekwere who is also the proprietor of the school, those who pass out with higher national diploma will be mobilised for the National Youth Service (NYSC) programme in February/March next year.

He said the philosophy of the school is entrepreneurship, making those who pass through it self-reliant so they will not remain unemployed.

A look around the campus yesterday showed that students' spirits were generally high in anticipation of the convocation. Many dressed in their traditional attires strutted showing off their colours on the school premises.

It is expected that distinguished personalities will be honoured on the convocation day, among them: the governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu; the governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio; the minister of FCT, Adamu Aliero; the Minister of Education, Sam Egwu; and the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) Nuru Yakubu among others.

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