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Ebonyi suspends 15 college lecturers

14 March 2013, 16:03

Abakaliki - The Ebonyi Government on Thursday suspended 15 lecturers of the state’s own College of Education, Ikwo, indefinitely.

Prof. Mike Itumo, the Personal Assistant to the state governor on Higher Education, told newsmen in Abakaliki that the affected lecturers were alleged to possess forged Masters and Doctorate degree certificates.

Itumo said that the suspension had been approved by the institution’s disciplinary body and communicated to Gov. Martin Elechi.

He said that further sanctions would be given to the affected lecturers at the end of full-scale investigation.

``There is an ongoing investigation into the allegation and, as soon as it is concluded, further sanctions will be announced.

``Forgery is a criminal offence and our system frowns at it, and so we shall not hesitate to institute criminal proceedings against those found liable.

``We are determined to clean up the augean stable and we will stop at nothing to achieve this,’’ Itumo said.

He restated government’s determination to make the college a model for teacher education and maintained that plans to upgrade the institution to a degree-awarding college had reached final stage.

The aide warned that government would, henceforth, clamp down on illegal and unapproved satellite campuses and study centres of unrecognised institutions of higher learning operating in the state.

He said that the state would not recognise certificates or degrees obtained from such institutions for employment or any other academic transaction.

``We are committed to entrenching academic excellence in order to safeguard the educational future of our state and that of our children.

``In doing this, we shall ensure that those we have entrusted with the academic destiny of the state are those qualified to do it.

``We will not condone in our tertiary education system those whose academic qualifications are questionable; nothing short of the best is acceptable to us,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the 15 senior lecturers were discovered in December, 2012 to be teaching with forged masters and doctorate degree certificates.

The heat generated by the incident prompted government to set up a panel of inquiry which interim report recommended for the immediate indefinite suspension of the 15 lecturers pending the outcome of the report.



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