The University of Calabar (UNICAL) has issued a three-month ultimatum to graduates who are yet to collect their original certificates.
In an official memo dated June 25, the university registrar Mr. Gabriel Egbe, said that more than 42,000 unclaimed certificates is with the school.
According to Egbe, some of the certificates date back to1980s and the owners are yet to collect their certificates.
“It has been discovered that there are over 42,000 unclaimed certificates of the University of Calabar in faculties and institutes. Some of these certificates date back to the 1980s”
“The University management is shocked by this abnormality, and therefore, directs that all those who have not collected their certificates after several years of graduation should do so immediately. Persons who are acquainted with this group of graduands should please, inform them to come for collection.” The memo read.
The university has also threatened to publish names and subsequently surcharge those who refuse to adhere to the directive of the school by the end of September.
Those who do not do so before the end of three months from the date of this notice, will have their names published and will be surcharged subsequently,” he added.
In an interview with the school on June 30, The University Registrar said “they are trying to do now is to ensure that we make the process of getting certificates seamless so that we do not have a situation where certificates are piled up again,”
When asked to give statistics of the various certificates and grades, Egbe said he was not with the statistics.
“I cannot give you the exact statistics now because we have asked the various faculties to compute the categories of certificates and get back to us. What we know is that these certificates have been there for so long and we have advised those who have them to come for collection.
“We have made contacts with some of them and we have told them that it is free. They are not paying anything for the collection. We just want to clear the backlog of these certificates and ensure that we move on from there,” he said.