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Denials, outrage trail viral list of ‘100 fake professors’ in Nigerian varsities

Denials, outrage trail viral list of ‘100 fake professors’ in Nigerian varsities

A viral report claiming that the National Universities Commission (NUC) had uncovered about 100 fake professors in universities across Nigeria has elicited a flurry of reactions.

The viral list enlisted some names of fake professors in some universities in the country.

Checks indicated that the report was first published in December 2019 by Channels TV online platform and it resurfaced on social media platforms especially Whatsapp in January 2024.

The report was credited to the Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed, in a bulletin published by the commission in November.

Professor Rasheed made the disclosure at the annual retreats for Vice-Chancellors of all universities in the country which held between October 28 and November 5, 2019 at the NUC Headquarters in Abuja.

He explained that the fake professors’ details were posted on the commission’s website, forcing it to send the names to the various universities for verification.

Mischievous and unfounded – NUC

Dr. Noel Abiodun Saliu, Deputy Executive Secretary, Academic Directorate, NUC, explained that such information should be taking as mischievous and unfounded.

Malicious publication – Redeemer’s Vasity

Redeemer’s University in Ede, Osun State, also refuted claims of employing any of the purported fake professors.

Adetunji Adeleye, the Deputy Director of the Corporate Affairs Directorate at the university, clarified that the institution completely disavowed and disclaimed the “malicious publication.”

Adeleye said that the individuals labelled fake professors at Redeemer’s University have never been affiliated with the institution in any capacity.

Blatant untruth – ATBU

Also, the management of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi refuted reports that seven of its staff are on the list of 100 fake Professors stressing that none of the seven names mentioned in the report are staff of the University.

It said: “While the authenticity of this story itself, remain in great doubt, the management of ATBU wishes to categorically state that none of the mentioned Professors is a staff of the University, nor have interacted with the University at any given time in whatever capacity.

“In view of the above, all our esteemed stakeholders are hereby advised to disregard this blatant untruth as it is a mere fiction and an imaginary act; a possible attempt to smear the hard-earned reputation of our University.”

None of them known to us – EKSU

Similarly, the management of the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti disapproved the list of fake professors credited to the University.

Reacting to the development in a press release issued on Saturday signed by the Head, Directorate of Information and Corporate Affairs, Bode Olofinmuagun and titled, “List of Fake Professors Not known to EKSU” the institution debunked the existence of Fake Professors.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Management of Ekiti State University, Ado – Ekiti has been drawn to a list of 15 fake Professors which purportedly emanated from the National Universities Commission (NUC) and associated with Ekiti State University, Ado – Ekiti.

“The EKSU Management wishes to make it abundantly clear that the list being circulated and credited to Ekiti State University did not emanate from the university.

“Moreover, none of the names that appeared there is known to the university as none of them has ever worked in the university.

“In spite of the NUC’s clarification on the matter, it is equally important for Ekiti State University to outrightly condemn, denounce and dissociate itself from the evil publication which could have negative impacts on the image of our esteemed university.”

Names not on our calendar – UI

Also, the University of Ibadan clarified that names in the viral list are not known to the university, stressing that the institution publishes its calendar wherein all the names of bona-fide academic staff are listed, but these names are not on the calendar.

A statement signed by its Registrar and Secretary to Council and Senate, G. O. Saliu noted that: “The management of the University of Ibadan read with dismay the baseless story making the rounds that some fake professors were identified in the University.

“The management categorically states that none of the listed Professors have ever been listed as staff of the University. Bi-ennially, the University of Ibadan publishes its Calendar wherein all the names of bona-fide academic staff are listed. These names are not on the Calendar.

“Members of the public are enjoined to disregard such stories as the University of Ibadan would never jeopardise the integrity of its academic programmes by parading fake professors.”

We disown 11 so-called professors – UNILORIN

The University of Ilorin’s management has clarified that there are no fake professors employed by the institution.

This clarification was provided in a statement signed by Mr. Kunle Akogun, the Director of Corporate Affairs at the University.

The statement read: “The attention of the management of the University of Ilorin has been drawn to a trending list of 100 fake professors in some universities in the country as purportedly uncovered by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

“Even though the NUC has dissociated itself from the list that first surfaced in December 2019, we deem it expedient to categorically disown the 11 so-called professors listed against the University of Ilorin in the recently exhumed report.

“None of the persons on the list is on our University’s nominal roll, nor had any of them ever had any dealing with the University of Ilorin at any time or in any guise.

“This clarification is necessary to assure our esteemed stakeholders that UNILORIN’s well-heeled reputation for high integrity and strict adherence to best global practices in everything we do, especially on issues of staff promotion, remains unsoiled and it can never be compromised.

“We view the trending report as another antic of purveyors of fake news and mischief makers, and they should be rightly ignored.”

 

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