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Nigerian govt suspends accreditation of certificates from Benin, Togo

Following an investigative story by a journalist revealing how he bagged a Cotonou varsity degree in six weeks, the Nigerian government on Tuesday suspended the evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin and Togo Republic.

A reporter with the Daily Nigerian Newspaper had in a story published on December 30 revealed how he was able to obtain a university degree backed up with a certificate with which he participated in the National Youth Corps Scheme, NYSC in six weeks.

In reaction, Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Education in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday by Mrs Augustina Obilor-Duru, its Assistant Director, Press, announced a temporary suspension of evaluation of certificates from the universities in the two countries.

According to the state, the suspension was pending the outcome of an investigation that would involve the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the two countries.

She said that the investigation would also involve the ministries responsible for education in the two countries as well the Department of State Security Services (DSSS), and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).

She called on the general public to support the efforts by showing understanding and providing useful information that would assist in finding lasting solutions to prevent further occurrences.

“This report lends credence to suspicions that some Nigerians deploy nefarious means and unconscionable methods to get a Degree with the end objective of getting graduate job opportunities for which they are not qualified.

The ministry has also commenced internal administrative processes to determine the culpability or otherwise of her staff for which applicable Public Service Rules would be applied.


The issue of degree mills institutions, i.e institutions that exist on paper or operate clandestinely outside the control of regulators is a global problem that all countries grapple with.


“The ministry has been contending with the problem including illegal institutions located abroad or at home preying on unsuspecting, innocent Nigerians and some desperate Nigerians who deliberately patronise such outlets,” she said.

She also said that periodically, warnings had been issued by the ministry and the National Universities Commission (NUC) against such institutions adding that in some instances, reports were made to security agencies to clamp down on the perpetrators.

“The ministry will continue to review its strategy to plug any loopholes, processes and procedures and deal decisively with any conniving officials.

The Ministry had always adopted the global standard for evaluation and accreditation of certificates of all forms which relies on receipt of the list of accredited courses and schools in all countries of the world.

The ministry wishes to assure Nigerians and the general public that, it is already putting in place mechanisms to sanitise the education sector.

This, including dissuading the quest for degree certificates (locally or from foreign countries) through a re-invigorated focus on inclusivity, reliance on all skill sets as directed by President Bola Tinubu,’’ she said.




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