Niger College of Education expels 556 students over poor performance

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…As NLNG dissociates from adverts purportedly recruiting for its Train 7***

Piqued by the unimaginable slide in the standard of education, particularly at the tertiary level, the Niger State College of Education has lockout 566 students who did not measure up academically in the 2017/2018 academic session.

The Academic Secretary of the College, Hajia Hadiza Kolo who revealed this in Minna on Wednesday, noted most of affected students came with brilliant and flamboyant secondary school certificate results from ‘miracle centres’, which they could not defend, upon gaining admissions. 

“We do not have a choice but to show them the way out. This is a citadel of learning and academic rules cannot be distorted for their sake.

“Most of them have eight credits at a sitting, but could not justify it by the evaluation they were giving during the semester examinations of the institution.

“We are not against any student making nine or eighth credits at sitting, but when it is made from a “miracle centre’’ there is bound to be problem because they cannot cope with academic rigours.

“There is no way the school can keep a student with twenty carry-over, we cannot do that because the institution’s name is at stake here”, Kolo stated further, adding that some students who passed the qualifying examination to the college were still not able to pass the semester examinations.

“This menace is everywhere; it is a canker worm eating up the society now. A student cannot come with a flashy result and be shown the way out after the first year.

“It is absurd and it beats my imagination that a student will have a good result and end up being withdrawn.

A breakdown showed that 139 students were sent out from School of Education, 44 students were withdrawn from School of Languages; the School of Technical Education sent seven packing; and 95 were withdrawn from School of Vocational Education

Similarly, 130 students were withdrawn from School of Sciences while 151 students were kicked out from the School of Arts and Social Sciences.

In the meantime, the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) on Wednesday called on the public to ignore an advert purportedly seeking and promising candidates jobs in its Train 7 project.

Mr Andy Odeh, NLNG’s Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, gave the disclaimer in a statement in Port Harcourt, describing the current advert in circulation as fictitious, alongside its allegedly presented two companies, said to be working for the NLNG.

“The attention of the NLNG has been drawn to an oil and gas training programme organised by Almond Technical Career Development.

“The training programme in partnership with Deopel Engineering and School of Professional Mentoring and Capacity Building is allegedly for NLNG’s Train 7 project.

“The organisers, in the publicity material, alleged that the NLNG mandated consultants to organise training sessions for those interested in participating in the project”, highlighted Odeh, stressing that the organisers also claimed in the advert that participants of the training would be enlisted for employment in the database of the main Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor.

“NLNG expressly dissociates itself from this training programme. NLNG is not collaborating with any company for the recruitment of personnel for its Train 7 Project.

“No company has been awarded the EPC contract for Train 7, as the selection process is still ongoing.

“Members of the public are hereby urged to take necessary steps to verify claims of persons purporting to act on behalf of NLNG,” he advised.

The spokesman further cautioned the public against making financial transactions in response to such claims, urging victims to report the incident to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

He said that the company’s website, www.nigerialng.com or www.nlng.com, as well as credible national newspapers and electronic media still remained its medium for divulging information to the public.

“NLNG expressly disclaims any liability for any losses incurred by any person or persons as a result of reliance on such fraudulent communication, emails or publications,” Odeh concluded.