The nomination of Mr. Kwanta Yakubu as a cabinet nominee in Nasarawa State has sparked controversy over the authenticity of his academic and National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) certificates.
Governor Abdullahi Sule submitted Yakubu’s name to the House of Assembly on Friday, but questions have been raised about his qualifications, particularly concerning his National Examination Council (NECO) results.
A petition signed by an APC chieftain and activist, Mr. Malaku John, has raised concerns about the credibility of Mr. Yakubu’s educational credentials. According to the petition, Yakubu allegedly obtained only three credits in his NECO results, which has led to doubts about the legitimacy of his National Diploma (ND), Higher National Diploma (HND), and NYSC certificates.
The petition also challenges the criteria used by the Nasarawa State University in Keffi to grant admission to Yakubu as a postgraduate student of Security and Strategic Studies. It advises Governor Sule to withdraw Yakubu’s nomination to avoid potential embarrassment and calls on the Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly to conduct a thorough investigation into the nominee’s documents, avoiding the usual “take a bow and go” process.
According to the petition, Yakubu’s NECO result from 2012 at Mada Community Secondary School, Andaha, shows that he obtained three credits in English Language, Christian Religion, and Economics while receiving passes in Mathematics, Geography, Government, and Literature in English.
The petition also questions Yakubu’s claim of obtaining a Diploma in Business Administration and Management from FIDEIPOLY in Gboko, Benue State, and an HND in the same field from the same institution. It calls on him to provide evidence from his coursemates during his studies at Fidei Polytechnic to substantiate his claims.
Additionally, the authenticity of Yakubu’s NYSC discharge certificate, bearing registration number 00512662 and allegedly obtained on March 10, 2021, is also being challenged.
The controversy surrounding Mr. Yakubu’s certificates has raised concerns about the vetting process for cabinet nominees and the need for transparent and thorough scrutiny of candidates’ qualifications to ensure integrity and credibility in governance.
As the matter unfolds, the government and relevant authorities will be closely watched to see how they handle the situation and address the concerns raised by the petition.
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