Re-On alleged fake admission at KSUSTA, Kebbi

in your esteemed national daily to set the record straight on your earlier publication captioned “On Alleged Fake Admission At KSUSTA, Kebbi” on August 10, 2018.
The complainant was made by me and not Ja’afar Hamid Bage.
As a journalist, a friend of mine in Birnin Kebbi begged me to do a story on the admission racket going in the state university.
I do not know the petitioner Ja’afar Bage, and never met him in person.
I was convinced that, doing so would draw the attention of the state government, the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other stakeholders to prevail on the university management to address the issues and all other acts of misdemeanor, so that the institution would continue to be a pride of Kebbi state and one of the best in producing employable graduates that could match their peers elsewhere.
When I got hint of the story, I called the university’s public relations officer, one Habiba I.
Musa, who spoke with me on phone and later sent me the GSM No of the Vice Chancellor Academics, Dr SS Manga.
He confirmed to me the receipt of the petition and said they were working to authenticate its claims.
Having balanced the story with these university officials, I went ahead to write the report and sent it to some national dailies including this newspaper.
But along the line the report appeared in this newspaper as a letter to the editor with Ja’afar Bage’s name, instead of my name, the writer.
I am making it categorically clear that, it is me that wrote the story and not Ja’afar Bage as the letter indicated.
Therefore, as a journalist I take full responsibility.
Secondly, this report according to what I gathered is already in the public domain, in the social media –facebook, twitter, whatsapp platforms sent by many people connected with it or the university.
To set the record straight, I believe the university has the onus to investigate the message/ claims in the petition and take practical actions to address them for the good of the institution and the country at large, not to assign blames and point accusing fingers at anyone.
Already, it filters on the public domain.
If they do that, it would be a case of attacking the messenger not the message, since the damage of breaking the cardinal rule of admitting students with fake results and allowing them to graduate is done.
In addition, my sources have equally told me that, the university recently employed 130 staff, despite the continued state governor’s complaints of over staffing the university.
Besides the current workforce, where would 130 more fit in? Does the management consider the workforce of private universities like Baze University, Abuja, Nile University of Nigeria (NUN), Abuja, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, who are doing better and emulate from them? These are issues.
Babangida Kakaki, Kaduna; [email protected]

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