* Melaye Shared Photos Of His NYSC Camp In 1999
The Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, Prof Ibrahim Garba,yesterday, said Senator Dino Melaye, the lawmaker representing Kogi-West senatorial district, graduated from the institution.
Garba, who was placed on oath by the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, appeared before the panel on Tuesday.
The committee had conducted a public hearing as part of its probe into the controversy surrounding Melaye’s graduation from ABU.
The move was based on a point of order raised last Tuesday by a former Majority Leader of the Senate, Ali Ndume, who called on the upper chamber of the National Assembly to investigate the certificate scandal involving Melaye.
Speaking before the panel on Tuesday, the VC of ABU was asked if Melaye was a student of the institution and what qualification he bagged as an undergraduate student.
“From the records of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, distinguished Senator Dino Melaye, who was at that time named Daniel Jonah Melaye, graduated with a Third Class degree of the Bachelors of Arts in Geography in the year 2000. And by this, he is a graduate of the university.”
Members of the panel asked the vice-chancellor to repeat what he said, reminding him that he was on oath.
He said, “On my honour, I reaffirm that Senator Dino Melaye graduated as Daniel Jonah Melaye during the third semester of the 1998/1999 academic session with a Third Class degree in Geography; that is Bachelors of Arts in Geography.”
Earlier, Melaye was asked if he was a student of ABU and graduated from the institution.
He replied, “I have a few documents I would also want to tender to the committee and before I do that, I also want to state with every sense of responsibility, that I am a graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
“I gained admission with an offer of admission on September 6, 1994, and the admission is to study for a Bachelor of Arts degree (in) Geography and a copy of that admission letter will be tendered.
“I also have a second document to tender; my acceptance offer by the university. I also have the third document to tender, which is my result from the Ahmadu Bello University, certifying me a graduate of the school.
“I also have here a document for my registration that I tendered, where I have C5 in CRS, A3 in Agric, C6 in Economics, C6 in Geography, C6 in Biology and a Credit in English. I will also tender that as evidence.”
The lawmaker explained that after his graduation from ABU, the school mobilised him for the National Youth Service Corps between 2000 and 2001.
He said, “I served in Police College, Kaduna, and by the grace of God, that year, I won the National Prize of the Director General (of the NYSC) and it is on record and verifiable. I beg to tender my discharge certificate from the NYSC.”