The attention of the Management of Ekiti State University has been drawn to the malicious publication on page 43 of the Punch newspaper of Tuesday, November 10, 2015. Titled: “Corruption Mars of Certificates, Transcripts at Ekiti Varsity” and wish to state that the Publication was based on falsehood sold to the reporter by his paymasters in order to rubbish the progress made in the University within the last four years.
When the current Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oladipo Aina came into office, he met an avalanche of backlogs of unsigned certificates which he promptly attended to. As at today, not less than ninety-five thousand certificates have been signed while graduates come to obtain such.
It is however erroneous and unpatriotic for one a self-styled President of the EKSU Alumni Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland Chapter, Mr. Tunde Owoseni to state that the problem had defied logic. The Punch further reported that Owoseni claimed that no less than 25 percent of the students have problems with certificates and transcripts. These statements are false. Mr. Owoseni seems to be living in the past when in the system in almost all Nigerian Universities was in analogue.
Time has changed and EKSU has moved beyond when he was in Nigeria several years ago.
Students now collect their certificates even on convocation day while former graduates get their certificates and transcripts immediate without stress.
Genuine graduates without disciplinary actions and who are not involved in unwholesome activities or found guilty of any offence get their certificates at will without hazzles in today’s Ekiti State University. This could be verified by Owoseni through other means even from EKSU affiliate institutions.
It is unfortunate that the Punch reporter, Mr. Toluwani Eniola did not report what he saw on ground but based his writings on what his paymaster sent him to do. This is unprofessional.
The Punch reporter when he came calling was told to meet the Alumni President, Professor Matthew Ayeni who also told him (Toluwani) that Owoseni of Ireland would not know what is happening in Nigeria.
As an Alumnus, Owoseni should mobilise his members to contribute immensely to positive development of the University instead of throwing stones to achieve unwarranted publicity through subterranean means.
Let Owoseni come home today, he would know that Ekiti State University is one of the best Universities in record keeping and issuance of certificates and transcripts a point that was stressed to the Punch reporter when he paid a brief visit to EKSU.
The Management would have ordinarily remained silent on this matter but it behoves on the university to let the unsuspecting public understand that the whole article was a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the University and rubbish the popularity of the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Oladipo Aina.