In a recent development, it has been revealed that over 30 students of Nigeria’s Ambrose Alli University (AAU) successfully took exams and obtained their degrees while residing abroad within the past two years.
Mr. Austin Osakue, a member of the university’s Special Intervention Team (SIT), disclosed this during the weekend as he presented the SIT’s progress report to Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Government House in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.
The management of AAU in Ekpoma, Edo State, acknowledged this situation, emphasizing that these instances highlight a concerning trend within the institution.
Additionally, the report detailed that five staff members have been dismissed by the university’s Disciplinary Committee, while 21 others are currently under investigation for various criminal activities.
Osakue, during his report, urged the state government to establish a Governing Council and initiate the process of appointing principal officers for the university. He stressed that the effectiveness of the SIT’s efforts hinges on the institution’s revision of its enabling laws.
The SIT also informed that AAU has adopted the directive of the Edo State Government to implement a contributory pension scheme, which commenced on August 1, 2023.
Regarding the discovery of students who pursued education abroad, Osakue remarked, “We identified over 30 instances of AAU students residing abroad for a minimum of two years, participating in exams, and ultimately graduating.”
He further revealed that the implicated staff members and Heads of Departments have been handed over to law enforcement agencies, including the Department of State Services and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, for further investigation and legal action.
Governor Godwin Obaseki responded by reaffirming his administration’s dedication to revitalizing the university’s reputation and ensuring it meets high educational standards. He highlighted the importance of these efforts in preparing for EdoBEST students who will seek admission in the coming years.
Obaseki expressed his readiness to confront issues of underperformance and political interference that have hindered the institution’s progress. He announced plans to present a new bill to the Edo House of Assembly that will serve as a foundation for reform.
In conclusion, Governor Obaseki reiterated his commitment to a transparent and effective governance structure for the university, emphasizing that true development can only occur with strong and reputable educational institutions.