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Adelani Temiloluwa
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If recent documents uncovered by The PUNCH are anything to go by, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, may have awarded the embattled senior lecturer, Peter Ekemezie, a Doctor of Philosophy in 14 months.

According to a letter purportedly issued by the UNIZIK School of Postgraduate Studies, Ekemezie was offered admission into the Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, on June 4, 2008.

He was subsequently issued a statement of result indicating that he completed his studies on August 3, 2009.

With these, he completed his PhD in one year and two months, against academic regulation of minimum of three years for a full-time programme.

Some professors, who spoke to our correspondent on the matter, said if true, the university’s authorities had questions to answer as it implied a faulty academic system.

The National Universities Commission also says three years is the minimum.

Ekemezie has been facing prosecution for allegedly giving false information to the police and forging a BSc certificate.

He was also accused of plagiarising some academic works, with which he allegedly gained favours and promotion from UNIZIK.

Several committees set up by the institution to investigate the allegations of forgery and plagiarism gave indicting reports.

Despite these, UNIZIK refused to act, as the immediate past vice-chancellor of the university, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, allegedly covered him up.

There were also alleged cases of obtaining by false pretences involving Ekemezie, two of which were earlier reported by our correspondent.

Further investigations by The PUNCH of his alleged claims to being an external examiner at the University of Benin and the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, were refuted by the authorities of those schools.

Ekemezie, who is now dissociating himself from the controversial BSc certificate, claims he has four academic qualifications: Higher National Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma, Master of Science and PhD.

While only the HND is from the Polytechnic, Ida, the other three were issued by UNIZIK.

According to a curriculum vitae reportedly belonging to Ekemezie, he finished the HND in 1997; PGD in 2003, MSc in 2005 and PhD in 2009.

A letter purportedly issued by the School of Postgraduates, UNIZIK, stated that Ekemezie started his PGD programme on November 3, 2003.

He was issued registration number 2003545002P for a part-time study programme to last for 18 months.

The PGD statement of result certificate, dated July 7, 2006, stated that the effective date for the award was October 16, 2004.

This means he finished the 18-month programme in 11 months.

Also, according to a letter purportedly issued by the School of Postgraduate Studies, UNIZIK, Ekemezie was admitted for the 2005/2006 MSc programme on April 10, 2006. It was learnt that the year was 2005 and there was a typographical error.

He was issued an MSc statement of result certificate on July 7, 2006, with the effective date for the award as November 24, 2005.

This means he completed the 12-month programme in seven months.

Finally, the PhD academic programme, according to a document, was for the 2007/2008 academic year, with the effective date for the admission showing June 4, 2008.

The letter stated that the programme would last for 36 months.

However, the statement of result certificate signed by the Secretary to the School of Postgraduate Studies, Mogbo Ogonna Maduka, and dated September 16, 2009, indicated the effective date for the award as August 3, 2009.

Continue reading Here https://punchng.com/how-unizik-awarded-embattled-lecturer-ekemezie-phd-in-one-year/

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