AUTHORITY of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin has vowed to conduct pre-admission security and certificate verification screening for those seeking admission into the institution.

It would be recalled that the Federal government recently banned tertiary institutions across the country from conducting post UTME screening for prospective admission seekers.

The Rector of the institution who is also the chairman of Association of Rectors of Polytechnic and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria, COHEADS, Alhaji Mas’ud Elelu stated this while speaking with journalists at the weekend.

According to him, “The screening is necessary to avoid admitting applicants of questionable character. We need to be careful in order not to admit students who had been expelled from other institutions and as well as ascertain the authenticity of their certificates.

“We have devised the new method of screening applicants based on our experience. The method is to guide against admitting students with fake certificate and cultists expelled from other schools who might want to seek admission into the institution.”

When asked if the screening would be free, the rector declared that it would have “financial implication”, even as he maintained that the institution would soon begin a clamp down on operators of cybercafe on its campus, following the arrest of one of them with the school’s forged audit stamp and document carrying forged signature.

He noted that the cybercafe operator was arrested following intelligence gathering from the institution’s internal security network adding that the suspect had been handed over to the department of State Security Services, DSSS, for further investigation.

He however warned that any staff or students found culpable in the issue would not be spared stressing that as parts of its anti-corruption crusade, two  staff of the institution have been sent to the headquarters of Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission, ICPC, for training.

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