- The University of Ibadan has confirmed that one of its lecturers identified as Aminu Zubairu registered for a PhD 22 years ago
- According to the vice chancellor of the institution, Idowu Olayinka, the deceased only registered for the first three sessions
- Zubairu was said to have committed suicide out of depression and frustration, having spent 22 years attempting to get a PhD
The vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan (UI), Idowu Olayinka, has confirmed that Aminu Zubairu who committed suicide registered for a PhD 22 years ago, adding that it is not completely true that the lecturer spent those years pursuing it.
In a statement by the VC's media assistant, Sunday Saanu, the deceased only registered for the first three sessions.
According to The Cable, a source disclosed that the lecturer took his own life out of depression and frustration, having spent 22 years attempting to get a PhD.
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Legit.ng notes that the vice chancellor said: “It is not completely true that Mr. Aminu Othman Zubairu spent 22 years on his PhD programme. I have checked his personal file at the Postgraduate College.
“What we have been able to establish thus far is that he only registered for the first three academic sessions. In effect, his original registration would have lapsed technically nearly 19 years ago.
“Many candidates in that category do apply to reactivate their studentship. The impression being created, rather erroneously, is that the late colleague had been on his PhD for 22 years.
“The information at our disposal is to the contrary. At a time the issue of his voluntary resignation of employment was brought to my notice, I invited him to my office and we had fruitful discussions but the initiative did not yield any salutary outcome.
“In view of the wide negative publicity that this unfortunate incident has generated, and the embarrassment caused the University more so when most commentators have not been availed of the full information before drawing conclusions.
According to the media assistant to the VC, the latter is “setting up an investigation panel to interrogate what must have transpired in this case”.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Professor Abideen Adeyinka Aderinto, immediate former deputy vice chancellor (Academic), University of Ibadan, said the hijab crisis that rocked the international school in the institution was the most challenging period of his tenure.
The disclosure was made on Wednesday, March 20, at a reception held in Aderinto's honour by the department of Sociology of the university.
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