Graduates of the Kogi State University (now Prince Abubakar Audu University) Anyigba, have cried out over what they described as discrepancies in their records. The graduates who recently collected the certificates stated that the date of graduation on the said certificates does not correspond with available facts.
According to them, there is an anomaly in the date.
Some of the graduates who spoke to our correspondent recalled that while they collected their Statement of Results in June 2012 and proceeded for the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) same June, their certificates have their graduation dates ranging from September 2012.
“By this, it suggests that we had gone for Service before we even graduated, which of course is questionable as everyone goes to Service only after they have graduated and duly mobilized,” stated one of them.
Our finding reveals that the graduates of 2012, even though graduated same day, have certificates bearing different dates of graduation on their various certificates.
They expressed displeasure over the discrepancies, stating that it is causing them trouble in their places of work already. They stated that their employers now doubt the authenticity of their records.
They, therefore, demand the university authority to do the needful, right the wrong and save its name as well as the fate of its graduates.
They stressed that beyond trust issues, this can cause job loses as well as unnecessary litigation in the future. For them, people who graduate same day, should ordinarily have their graduation dates as same and not the present scenario where some have May, others June and others September.
The graduates who are yet to collect their own certificates beseech the issue be sorted out as soon as possible before they get theirs. They said they have initiated the process already, but they were yet to get any feedback from the school that the certificates were ready.
As at the time of filing this report, efforts to contact the Registrar or the Information unit did not yield results as their mobile numbers were not reachable.
Recall that the university had at last year demanded all former students who were yet to collect their certificates to do so immediately and the school went ahead to initiate an online process to make it easy and seamless.