See A Man Awarded Ph.D. In One Year
Recently, it was uncovered that a federal university in Nigeria, has awarded an embattled senior lecturer, Peter Ekemezie, a Doctor of Philosophy in 14 months.
According to a letter supposedly issued by the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State, School of Postgraduate Studies, Ekemezie was offered admission into the Department of Pure and Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, on June 4, 2008.
He has later issued a statement of result indicating that he completed his studies on August 3, 2009.
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With these, he completed his Ph.D. in one year and two months, against academic regulation of a minimum of three years for a full-time program.
Some professors, who spoke to newsmen on the matter, said if true, the university’s authorities have questions to answer as it implied a faulty academic system.
The National Universities Commission also says three years is the minimum.
Ekemezie has been facing prosecution for allegedly giving false information to the police and forging a BSc certificate.
He was also accused of plagiarizing some academic works, with which he allegedly gained favors and promotion from UNIZIK.
Several committees set up by the institution to investigate the allegations of forgery and plagiarism gave indicting reports.