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Abia State University Revokes Former Governor Orji Kalu’s First Degree Certificate

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The Abia State University has withdrawn the degree certificate it awarded to a former governor of the state, Uzor Orji Kalu.

Premium Times reports that the University in a statement by its Registrar, O. E. Onuoha, on Saturday said the decision was taken after an emergency meeting of the University Senate which considered the recommendations of a panel which investigated the allegations levelled against Kalu. In withdrawing the certificate, the University said the admission and graduation of the former governor violated its extant rules and regulations.

“On the strength of the findings and recommendations of an investigative panel into allegations of breach of the extant Academic Regulations of Abia State University, in the admission process of the admission and graduation of Kalu, Orji Uzor in the discipline of Government and Public Administration, of matriculation number 00/42226, the Senate of Abia State University at its resumed 69th Extra-Ordinary meeting of Friday 1st March 2013 and by a vote of eighty-eight (88) against three (3) dissenting voices only, approved the cancellation and withdrawal of the degree result and certificate awarded to him.

“The decision of Senate was based on the following grounds among others:

*The violation of the Academic Regulations of the university on Admission-by-Transfer, which rendered the offer irregular, ab initio.

*The non-completion of the mandatory six (6) semesters (i.e. three academic years of study), before he was awarded a degree of the university. He spent only two semesters in all.

“The university Senate maintained that its action, aforesaid, derived from the exercise of its onerous statutory responsibility to guard and maintain , at all times, the Academic Regulations of the University, its hard-earned reputation and the credibility of the certificates it awards,” Onuoha said.

Kalu was initially a student of the University of Maiduguri but he dropped out. While he was governor of Abia state, he reenrolled at the Abia State University. He was visitor to the University at the time and there were concerns that he was an absentee student. Now, the University said the former governor’s admission and graduation made mockery of its academic rules and regulations.

When Punch tried to reach him for comments, he said, “My lawyer will reply at the appropriate time.”

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

41 Comments

  1. Bolaji

    March 3, 2013 at 8:52 am

    kai! na wa oh.. He obviously couldn’t find in the time to attend classes in-between carrying out his governor duties.. It can only happen in naija, where people graduate (# with first class/ 2.1 sef) without being present..

  2. Abraham Amah

    March 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    The action of Abia state University also question the reputation of the university. It ie a clear indication that to a large extend the admission process of the university is very faulty and that a sitting Governor can unduly influence processes in the university system. The issue goes beyond Kalu but speaks of a rotten system and the dirty politics which is striving in our system. The university senate will have to tell Abians and Nigerians more and that might probably be in a competent court of law. His will certainly happen.

    • popoo

      March 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Thank and well spoken. God bless you. Long live FRN.

    • ok

      March 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      True talk…didn’t the school know about all this infractions before awarding a degree?

    • aproko

      March 3, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Very written. I totally agree with you.

  3. Ada

    March 3, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Who issued a certificate to him in the 1st place? Rubbish

  4. M(rs)understand

    March 3, 2013 at 9:17 am

    What a self righteous senate.
    They first of all owe him an apology for awarding the degree…
    They should be ashamed of themselves.
    Did he put a gun to their necks to get the degree…?
    Why didn’t they remember he was stabbing classes while he was governor and revoke it at the time…?
    They just want to give a dog a bad name then hang it….
    And the dog sef doesn’t have a good name from time…
    Bilateral jokers, bilateral dullards… smh

  5. adeh

    March 3, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Dats naija 4 u ooo

  6. chizzy

    March 3, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Politics

  7. i no send

    March 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

    i concur @ abraham amah

  8. billy

    March 3, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Y did de wait up till nw b4 doing d necessary

  9. Elekwachi Francis

    March 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Abraham Amah’s said all ‘The action of Abia state University also question the
    reputation of the university’………this simply has a political undertone. He was duely admitted and graduated…..it’s uncalled for.

  10. Anon

    March 3, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Glorified secondary schools masquerading as universities.

  11. dee

    March 3, 2013 at 10:57 am

    More like the senate discrediting itself on all fronts. Ab initio, through 2015 infiltration. Shame!

  12. Tolu

    March 3, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Nigeria politics,he was a student while been a governor.nau d sitting governor is bringing dis out,Abia state university u r all bunch of shame.

  13. Jacky

    March 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    This is unfair. He was a governor now. No time

  14. Iris

    March 3, 2013 at 11:33 am

    LMAO. So it’s today they realised all this. Only in Nigeria can being a governor be a part-time job while you “go to school”. Story

  15. Kenny

    March 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Only in Nigeria!!!! what a shame

  16. CFA

    March 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    lool…first class! he didn’t even try to manage 2.1. God help us in this country!!

  17. van

    March 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Good

  18. i no send

    March 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    i am curious to know at what point did they realise that he only did 2 semesters…was it yesterday,2 yrs ago , 4yrs etc???……smh

  19. peculiar

    March 3, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    they isssued the certificate and revoke it stupidity

  20. Lucy

    March 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Good!Shows some Nogerians still have integrity.

    • Teris

      March 4, 2013 at 6:53 am

      clearly you are only slightly less clueless than i am when it comes to politik tings in this we country.
      darling, integrity has nothing with this entire fiasco.

  21. OYICH H A.

    March 3, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    well i must commend ABIA state university for that but most nigeria university is practise that . a public office holder with just o level will have degree with adding lecture

    • Bunmi

      March 4, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Of course, the owner of Igbinedion schools cannot speak English to save his life but he’s referred to as Dr. Gabriel Igbinedion. He gave a speech at his uni one time and was shelling unapologetically. We were all laughing (loudly) at him. That sh*t (Dr.) better be his nickname and nothing more.

  22. Ikenna Ernest

    March 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Was ABSU authority not aware of all these conditions before it awarded Orji Kalu the degree? why just remebering them now to strip Kalu Orji the degree and why did the news break at the government house Umuahia as a press release?. ABSU too ought to be questioned.

  23. m.h

    March 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    These shows how degraded our university system has become how rotten our system is, why open yourselves to such scrutiny after committing such abomination..this is not possible in most federal schools at least southwestern federal universities, shame everybody that graduated from that school should have their certificate verified and authenticated.

  24. nene

    March 3, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    orji kalu is an evil man. everyone knows he never went to any university in Nigeria or abroad. I blame Obasanjo for drowning our country with nonsense people in power, which has contributed to destroying this country!

  25. Monique

    March 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Only in Nigeria will someone have a full time job at the same time a full time student pshewwww

  26. gistyinka

    March 3, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    for so many years…

    gistyinka.com

  27. Jane

    March 3, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    The worst are Universities that dash Doctorate degrees. Can’t they confer other awards on their friends rather than cheapen the Ph.D I just don’t get it.

  28. Idak

    March 3, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    ABSU glorified secondary school run by sycophants ever willing to do the biding of the sitting governor. Shameless folks!!

    • Bunmi

      March 4, 2013 at 6:40 am

      The school is run by traders.

  29. Inspired

    March 3, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    which way naija???? who was responsible for his registration? why didnt you caution or WAF him when he wasnt attending classes? who was responsible for his graduation? why did d school decide to wait this long before attending to this issue? is his own case unique or are they other graduates involved? is the current vc upset that he wasnt part of the beneficaiary during the ex governor’s time as a ‘student’? How did this case even come u??

  30. kj

    March 3, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    The school had further dragged its name in d mud with this stupid action, politicising Kalu’s certificate, were they blind when he’s grauating or what, all these unhealthy politics

  31. Busy Sade

    March 3, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    That is not a school. It is a retail business, bring money and collect certificate. They are even more guilty than orji himself. If they are selling certificate then they must have bought their own certificates too. Shame! Shame! Shame!

  32. ao

    March 4, 2013 at 12:48 am

    I am not a fan of Mr. Kalu, but I would like to know why this is being done NOW? What prompted the University to reverse itself? Abia state university lacks credibility for even awarding the degree in the first place knowing full well that Mr. Kalu had not fulfilled graduation requirements.

  33. lakelizzy

    March 4, 2013 at 3:08 am

    pls what is the highest educational level needed to be a governor in Nigeria? how can you be a governor while attending college?

  34. Shamix

    March 4, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Hey!!! Am waitin 2 see hw Benue state governor, Gabriel Suswam’s forgery case in court wil end up.

  35. Ike

    March 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Do you mean that Kalu has no first degree before he became the governor of Abia State? What a disgrace?

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