The Federal Government has announced the suspension of the evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates obtained from institutions in Benin Republic and Togo.
This decision, disclosed in a statement dated January 2nd and signed by Augustina Obilor-Duru, acting on behalf of the Director Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Education.
The statement highlighted the government’s concern over the utilization of deceptive methods by some Nigerians to acquire degrees from these countries, aimed at securing job opportunities for which they lack qualifications.
Amidst these concerns, the suspension of the evaluation and accreditation process remains in place pending the conclusion of an investigation.
This investigation involves collaboration among the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education of Nigeria, the respective ministries of the countries in question, along with the Department of State Security Services and the National Youths Service Corps.
“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 spokesperson for the Ministry of Education Augustina Obilor-Duru said in a Tuesday statement.
“The Federal Ministry of Education vehemently decries such acts and with effect from 2nd January 2024 is suspending evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin and Togo Republics pending the outcome of an investigation that would involve the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria and the two countries, the ministries responsible for Education in the two countries as well the Department of State Security Services, and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC),” the statement reads.