ABAKALIKI — NO fewer than fifteen lecturers of Ebonyi State college of Education, Ikwo were weekend, demoted over alleged involvement in certificate forgery and for claiming to own nonheritable ph.D degrees from reputable institutions outside the country.
Management of the school, on receipt of the report and recommendations of the committee set up to look into the alleged claims by the lecturers, said the exercise wasn't meant to harassment anybody specifically but to confirm sanity and discipline within the education sector within the state.
At a press briefing in Abakaliki, Special adviser to Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi State on education, professor mike Ituma, discovered that the invention came as a shock, stressing that the action of the affected lecturers was a reflection of the amount of decay ravaging the sector.
According to him, the action of the management of the school is a step in the right direction and government is totally in support of the action against the lecturers.
In a statement, publicity Officer of the school, Mr. Nkwuda Bethrand Otukobelu, noted that the fifteen affected lecturers wouldn't be allowed to run any promotion course packaged by the school till after 3 years.
He said: “A lot of processes were followed in verification and analysis of the certificates of the lecturers concerned. Six of the affected lecturers who had their ph.Ds from the establishments should stop parading themselves as ph.D holders and stop adding the title ‘Dr.’ to their names.
“That as regards to their present positions, 9 of them are demoted to Lecturer III; 2 to Assistant Lecturers and also the remaining 2 to non-academic employees for not possessing relevant qualifications to be within the educational cadre.”
“That six of them who enjoyed monetary benefits with the controversial certificates are to refund such profit that accumulated to them in excess of their present new position.”
“Findings by the committee and letters from the National Universities Commission, NUC, and also the Federal Ministry of Education show that the establishments were neither approved nor recognized by the federal government of Nigeria.”- Vanguardngr

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