DEPUTY Registrar, Information,University of Abuja, Waziri Garba, has described the recent claims by the chairman of UniAbuja branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr Clement Chup, on the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) screening conducted by the institution as distortion of facts.

Garba, in a press statement made available to the newsmen, said “Dr Chup’s castigation of the management of the institution in his recent interview followed a familiar pattern of distorting of facts about, and misrepresentation of happenings in the university.

This, according to him, was to gain cheap sympathy from the public over a cause which the majority of members of the university community had come to see as personal and self-serving.

On the examination screening,Garba noted that “it is instructive to note that post-UTME results have not been matters for discussion by ASUU or any other union for that matter,” adding that “the outcome of such exercise is processed by the central admission committee, which reports to the Senate whose members conducted the said exercise in the first place.”

He further added that there was no basis for the ASUU to reject the outcome of the post-UTME exercise.

On the accreditation of some courses by the university administration, Garba said the three new programmes were suspended by the Minister of Education in April 2012 for failing to meet certain academic requirements, adding that later, after considering facts on the ground, the university administration was granted six months within which to put in place necessary facilities to ensure the accreditation of the programmes.

“Between then and July 2013, when the three programmes were finally given accreditation, the university management had worked tirelessly to put in place, facilities necessary for raising the level of the courses to approved standard,” he said.

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