On September 25, post-graduate student of Nursing Science Department of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, name withheld, sat for examinations at his Professor’s residence, hours after missing the exams.
DAILY NIGERIAN exclusively gathered that two students had some components of Advanced Research Methodology and Statistics, (NURS 803) examination missing and the Post-Graduate Coordinator, Professor Hayat Gomma, invited them to her residence to sit for the said exams.
It was also gathered that the first candidate only realised that one of the components of his examination was missing in about 45 minutes to the end of the exams.
“The second candidate with the Matriculation No: P18ALAH8020 was also identified to have the missing section at the end of the examination,” a lecturer at the department told DAILY NIGERIAN in confidence.
The lecturer stated that when the lacuna was noticed, the invigilators, Amina Ahmed and Ramatu Balarabe, called the attention of Prof. Gomma who is the PG coordinator.
Thereafter, according to the source, the PG coordinator directed both the invigilators and the students to come to her residence and sit for their exams.
“One of the invigilators, Mrs Ahmed, collected the scripts and accompanied the student to the coordinator’s residence where the student was given the remaining section of the exam to complete,” the source explained.
However, the development triggered reactions and allegations against the Professor.
Apparently saddened by the development, the university’s Examination Irregularities Committee, ERIC, invited the Professor for questioning.
Details of what transpired during the question got to the ears of our correspondent.
During the questioning session, the professor was heard confessing to having invited the student to sit for the missing examination.
She, however, insisted that the students wrote the examination in the presence of their invigilator.
Also, DAILY NIGERIAN obtained an open letter written by some concerned students to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ibrahim Garba, accusing the Professor of giving “undue and preferential treatment” to their fellow student in return for alleged financial gratifications.
When DAILY NIGERIAN contacted the Professor, Mrs Gomma who is an Egyptian, dismissed the claim, saying that, “the university employed me hence, I can’t say or do anything against its rules and policies.”
However, the ABU management, when also contacted, has not responded to DAILY NIGERIAN‘s inquiry as at the time of filing the report.