From Mathew Jwantu, Minna
Over 24 years later, at least 9000 graduates of the Niger State College of Education (COE) Minna, are yet to collect their certificates.
Provost of the College, Professor Yakubu Auna, told Journalists on Sunday that the College has since 1995 appealed to those affected to claim their certificates but with no commensurate response.
According to him, “the owners failed to claim them despite appeals to do so by the College’s management through various media. Some of the unclaimed certificates stretch back to a period of over 20 years.”
The College according to Auna has written to the State Government to prevail on its workers with its statements of result to provide their originals.
He said, “Management has written to the state government requesting that those who secured employment into the state and local government service with statement of results from the institution should be made to submit their original certificates.
“How can somebody who graduated for over 10 years from an institution not care about a certificate he or she spent years and resources to acquire?”.
He also urged employers to take interest in knowing the status of their employees through regular screening exercises, adding that such measures would compel employees to update themselves regularly.
“We have received the disturbing reports of some civil servants and other individuals parading themselves with forged results which bears our logo but we are liaising with the state government with a view to checking the trend,” he stated.