by Stanley Azuakola
The University of Jos has once again, loudly dissociated itself from the claim by a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Nuhu Bature, who represents Ningi/Warji Federal Constituency of Bauchi State, that he possesses an Advanced Diploma in Public Administration (ADPA) from the university.
Bature claims to be a 2006/2007 graduate of the ADPA programme of the institution in his curriculum vitae, but the university insists that he was never its student.
In September, the university PRO had put up a disclaimer in two national newspapers making its position clear. Shortly afterwards, Bature went and paid for a public notice in a national daily in which he tried to discredit the university’s disclaimer saying that it did not emanate from the school.
This forced the university to release this fresh disclaimer, in which it claimed that the published disclaimer from Bature did not emanate from them and so should be disregarded by the public. In the fresh disclaimer entitled Re-Disclaimer, the university described Bature’s advertisement as a forgery designed to confuse the public and re-affirmed its earlier publication that the legislator was never a student of the institution.
Deputy registrar (Information and Publications) of the university, Steve Otowo, told journalists that the university stands by the earlier disclaimer.
Otowo said: “The recent publication claiming that the disclaimer did not emanate from the university is clearly a desperate attempt to confuse issues and it cannot stand. The person was never a student of this university.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to reiterate that Abdulrazak Nuhu Bature never applied for, nor was he ever given admission into the ADPA Programme of this university.
“He, therefore, did not graduate with the 2006/2007 set as he claimed or with any other set for that matter.
“The ADPA testimonial and certificate that the said Abdulrazak Nuhu Bature claims to have obtained are forged as the documents did not originate from the university.”
He said the matter has been reported to the police while the university’s lawyer has also been contacted.