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Varsity degree mills: FG suspends evaluation of degrees from Benin, Togo

The action follows an exposè by a Nigerian news medium how undergraduates acquired degree certificates in six weeks on payment of N600, 000.

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The evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin and Togo Republics has been suspended by Federal Government of Nigeria.

The action follows an exposè by a Nigerian news medium how undergraduates acquired degree certificates in six weeks on payment of N600, 000.

“The suspension will persist pending the outcome of an investigation involving the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education of Nigeria and the two countries, as well as the Department of State Security Services (DSS), and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC),” a statement by Augustina Obilor-Duru on behalf of the Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Education, on Tuesday, said.

According to the federal government, 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.

It said: “The Ministry of Education has set up a panel to commence 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 in clandestine manner outside the control of regulators is a global problem that all countries grapple with. FME 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 patronize such outlets.

“Periodically, warnings have been issued by the Ministry and NUC against the resort to such institutions and in some instances, reports 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, 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 Ahmed Tinubu GCFR.

“The Federal Ministry of Education is committed to collaborating with stakeholders, including civil society organizations, to consistently enhance the Nigerian education system and we value the public’s understanding and patience as we strive to address these issues.”

Persecondnews reports that an investigation by Daily Nigerian Newspaper titled, “Undercover: How Daily Nigerian reporter bagged Cotonou varsity degree in 6 weeks” had exposed the fraud.

 

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