Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Micheal Adikwu, has confirmed its institution has “engaged the services of a firm in the United Kingdom to print its certificates to check forgery. The new certificates will be revealed at the University’s convocation ceremony this Saturday”.
The revelation came at a press briefing in Abuja, Monday, Friday Olokor reports.
The VC assured the public, ”the new certificates have several security features that distinguish them from the locally produced ones”. He said:
“I feel quite happy that at last we are breaking a jinx. When I took over as Vice-Chancellor, I visited the National Universities Commission and I was confronted with the fact that most of the students that had graduated from here had no certificates.
Initially, we wanted to have convocation last year, but we did not feel like giving out the certificates that we used to know, those printed here in Nigeria because many people had faked them and they are all oevr the place.
We approached a company in the UK to print for us a certificate with a lot of features, something that looks like money, but superior to money. We have about seven different identities on our new certificates. So with that, it is going to be very difficult to forge. That is what delayed our convocation till now.
Henceforth, our convocation will become an annual affair. We shouldn’t be accumulating convocations. What makes a graduate feel like he is a graduate is actually that he has a certificate. The lifespan of the statement of result is supposed to end after one year”.
Besides the graduates being awarded the new certificates on Saturday, others to be conferred honorary doctorate degrees include former Vice-President of Nigeria, Dr Alex Ekwueme; Former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; and two former Justices of the Supreme Court, Justice Idris Kutigi and Maryam Alaoma Mukhtar.
The VC had to tell intending forgers that there are seven places to check before forging. He said it would be difficult, but not impossible.
At least, the graduands from the 5th-20th sets will have a unique certificate awarded them this Saturday.