President Goodluck Jonathan’s PhD Certificate Authentic — UNIPORT

January 25, 2015 9:51 pm
Following speculations in some quarters that
did not complete his doctorate degree programme at the University of
Port Harcourt, the institution has come out in his defence.

The Deputy Registrar (Information), Dr. William Wodi, in a statement sent to SUNDAY PUNCH
via electronic mail, described the rumour about the President’s
educational qualification as baseless. He also explained that apart from
acquiring his first degree in the institution, Jonathan also got his
Masters and Ph.D in the same institution.

“The authorities of the University of Port Harcourt are aware of rumours that are now spreading
like harmattan fire over the doctoral degree status of President
Goodluck Jonathan. The allegations have neither legs nor grounds to
stand on and we hope that its purveyors will now rest in silence.
For the avoidance of doubt, the authorities of the University wish to
state without equivocation that Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, as he then was,
was among 422 students, who matriculated in 1977. He was admitted into
the then Department of Zoology, now Animal and Environmental Biology in
the then School of Biological Sciences, now a Faculty in the new College
of Natural and Applied Sciences.

“At the end of a successful residency period, Jonathan was awarded the
Bachelor of Science (Upper Division) in 1981. It was rumoured among
students that the young university was reluctant to award the First
Class to its pioneer class in an effort to consolidate its academic
profile,” Wodi said.

He said the President later enrolled into the postgraduate programme and
obtained the Master of Science degree in Hydrobiology and Fisheries in
1985 and crowned his academic pursuit in the University with the Doctor
of Philosophy degree in Zoology in 1995.

“From the above account, it has become obvious that Dr. Jonathan
successfully completed the prescribed courses and programmes as
specified by the Senate of the University of Port Harcourt to earn his
degrees from the university.”

Stressing that the university remains proud of Jonathan, Wodi advised
any person or organisations in need of further information on the
educational qualification of the President or any other student of the
institution to contact authorities of the university.

“We have absolutely nothing to hide as an institution that has a
statutory mandate to advance the frontiers of knowledge,” Wodi added.

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