Friday, 18 May 2012


About 459 students of the Federal Polytechnic, Unwana Afikpo, Ebonyi State have been Expelled by the school management following their alleged involvement in examination malpractices, fighting, cult-related offences and gaining admission into the institution with fake certificates.

The Rector of the school Dr. Francis Otunta, who disclosed this info during the 12th convocation of the institution at its premises, said the polytechnic promotes discipline to stop students from cheating during examination, and to put a halt in Cultism in the Institution.

Dr. Francis Otunta said, and I Quote “In a bid to maintain academic excellence, we promote stringent discipline so that our students reconsider cutting corners during examination, since no short cut is a good one. The structure we have in place also discourages undesirable learner behaviour so that we may enjoy peaceful coexistence as one big team, where no one is oppressed or marginalised.”
“To achieve this, since I assumed office as the Rector of this premier institution, we have expelled 210 students involved in examination misconduct alone, 230 who got admission with fake or doctored certificates and 19 students for such misdemeanors as fighting, cult-related offences and others, all within my tenure as Rector. Thus, we have sanctioned a total number of 451 students for deviant or anti-social behaviour.”

He called on the Federal Government to upgrade the polytechnic to a federal university, adding that the institution community and other major stakeholders in the education sector in the state considers this need strategically and patriotically expedient to immortalise Dr Akanu Ibiam.

He said that Ibiam’s contemporaries such as Dr NnamdiAzikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr Michael Okpara, Ahmadu Bello, Michael Ajasin and Ladoke Akintola has universities named after them, adding that Ibiam remained the only one who has not had a university named after him.


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