Vice Chancellor Of UI Distances Death Of University Lecturer, Zubair From Purported 22 Years Ph.D. Programme.
More information has been revealed on Aminu Zubair‘s death, a University of Ibadan Lecturer who was rumoured to have committed to suicide.
It had been rumored that the brilliant lecturer took his life out of depression and frustration after spending 22 years attempting to get a PhD.
Naija News had however reported, three days ago that the late lecturer, died in a fire outbreak that occurred at his residence, according to the University’s Director of Communication, Mr. Olatunji Oladejo.
Speaking yesterday, the University’s vice chancellor, Idowu Olayinka confirmed that Zubairu registered for a Ph.D. 22 years ago, but he added that the deceased only registered for the first three sessions.
“It is not completely true that Mr. Aminu Othman Zubairu spent 22 years on his PhD programme. I have checked his personnel file at the Postgraduate College,” the VC was quoted to have said.
“What we have been able to establish thus far is that he only registered for the first three academic sessions. In effect, his original registration would have lapsed technically nearly 19 years ago.
“Many candidates in that category do apply to reactivate their studentship. The impression being created, rather erroneously, is that the late colleague had been on his PhD for 22 years.
“The information at our disposal is to the contrary. At a time the issue of his voluntary resignation of employment was brought to my notice, I invited him to my office and we had fruitful discussions but the initiative did not yield any salutary outcome.
“In view of the wide negative publicity that this unfortunate incident has generated, and the embarrassment caused the University more so when most commentators have not to be availed of the full information before drawing conclusions.
Sunday Saanu, media assistant to the VC, who released the statement also said the VC is “setting up an investigation panel to interrogate what must have transpired in this case.