A coalition of Civil Society Groups (CSOs) has commended Prof. Shehu Dalhatu, the Acting Rector, Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic, Zaria, over his efforts at stamping out certificate forgery in the institution.
The group’s National Coordinator, Yomi David, in statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said any nation that was sincere about marching higher could not afford to toy with its institutions of learning.
Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic was recently rocked by certificate scandal which Dalhatu had insisted on fishing out the culprits.
David regretted that education in Nigeria had deteriorated to the point where our certificates were deemed inferior to peer nations like India, Malaysia, Singapore and even less endowed African countries.
“The recent revelations coming out of the Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, which by the way is not peculiar to the institution, and the reactions generated is rather worrisome to all who have the best interests of Nigeria at heart.
“The calls for the matter to be kept under wraps and the unjust criticisms leveled at the doorsteps of Dalhatu is unacceptable.
“We hereby put it on record that by exposing the rot in this institution of higher learning, the Rector acted in the best interests of Nigeria and generations yet unborn.
“It is unsettling and disturbing that rather than spark introspection and resolve to nip this shameful trend in the bud, the Rector has been chastised in the media in an attempt to save face by those behind this crime against not just Nigerians but humanity as a whole,’’ he said.
He said that the group saluted Dalhatu’s courage and forthrightness in exposing the scam that had been ongoing over a very long period of time.
David called on the Kaduna State government to give the management of the institution all needed support to sanitise the Nuhu Bamalli as an example for other institutions in Nigeria.
The National coordinator called on the Federal Ministry of Education and its agencies such as NUC, NBTE and NCCE to establish a central portal for all genuine results in Nigeria to ease the process of verification and boost the integrity of the system.
He added that all employers should take the step of verify all certificates and results presented to them from the issuing institutions.