The Ministry of Petroleum Re.s has reacted to a report that the Minister, Ibe Kachikwu lied about graduating with First Class in Law.
An online platform, not DAILY POST, reported that Kachikwu was said to have misrepresented information about obtaining a First Class Degree from the prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka, citing a presentation done at the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Abuja.
Reacting, however, a statement signed by Idang Alibi, Director, Press Ministry of Petroleum Re.s, said the claims were completely false.
He said the official CV and resume of the Minister is in the public domain and has been submitted to various levels of Government and Parastatals.
“Also line 6, page 3 of the document herein attached clearly states that Dr. Kachikwu obtained a “Second Class Honours (Upper Division) degree” from the Faculty of Law in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he graduated as best student in 1978. In addition, no First Class Honours were awarded by UNN that year. However, he was on the list for best graduands with Second Class Upper Honours for that year.
“He was the best graduating student in the Nigerian Law School in the year 1979 (the first in class) with multiple prizes (winning 5 out of all 7 prizes given). In 1979, the Nigerian Law School had not begun a process of classifying its certificates. That begun many years later. However, best graduands have subsequently now been classified in the First Class category by the Law School.
“For Harvard University, his CV correctly states that he was a Distinction graduate for the Master’s degree programme (First in Class) at Harvard University and that he obtained his SJD in a record time of one and a half years. The various academic awards received during his education days are clearly spelt out in his CV/Resume.
“On the Wikipedia page that was cited in the report, it would be expedient to note that Wikipedia cannot be used as an authentic . of referencing or verification of facts considering that anybody that has access to a Wikipedia page can also edit same to suit any narrative they want to claim or push. To buttress this fact, we have noted that Dr. Kachikwu’s page has recently been re-edited recently by persons unknown to him and to us.
“On the presentation made at the Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) cited by Premium Times, the substance of his assertions was to the effect that he had a first class performance in school and was emphasizing on the need for hard work amongst youths to get them to the top of their game.
“In closing, the assertions in the publication are wrong and baseless and a careful check with the Ministry of Petroleum Re.s would have cleared this misrepresentation. By every measurement index, The Honorable Minister has performed outstandingly in his school work and has records to show for it.
“Dr. Kachikwu has worked at the highest level of the Oil and Gas industry globally for over 3 decades and indeed lectured at respectable global institutions like University of Ife, Nigerian Law School and Harvard Law School.
“He has since his appointment three years ago, first as Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), then as GMD/ Honourable Minister of State, and now as Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Re.s, championed the change agenda in the Petroleum sector and changed the narrative on performance in the sector.
“Finally, we urge the general public to disregard the misrepresentation of the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Re.s.”