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FG Suspends Accreditation of Degree Certificates from Benin Republic, Togo

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Apparently as a result revelation of fraud in obtaining a degree from a university in Benin Republic within six weeks, the Federal Government has suspended the accreditation and evaluation of degree certificates from the country and Togo.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Augustina Obilor-Duru, in a statement on Tuesday said the 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 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 (DSSS), and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).”

“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,” the statement added.

“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 added.

It called on Nigerians to assist in providing information to help the committee as it seeks lasting solutions to prevent future occurrences.

However, the management of the institution has said the said certificate was not obtained by the university.

It also said there is no record of Audu being enrolled in the institution, let alone graduating.

The University’s Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. John Dogbe Alokato, in a statement, titled “RE: UNDERCOVER: How DAILY NIGERIAN reporter bagged Cotonou varsity degree in 6 weeks, participated in NYSC scheme,” distanced the university from issuing such a shorter-term result.

“In light of the report published on December 30, 2023, by Umar Audu, a reporter with Daily Nigerian, it is pertinent to note that the information disseminated about ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE GESTION ET DE TECHNOLOGIE is misleading, and I believe it must have been reported in error.

“Our university was implicated as the institution where the reporter obtained a degree in six weeks, purportedly offering quick, condensed degrees to Nigerian students. The report claimed that the degree certificate was sold by a specialized racketeering agent.

“The management of ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE GESTION ET DE TECHNOLOGIE has initiated a thorough investigation into the matter through the necessary security agencies to identify those involved in tarnishing the institution’s reputation so they can be brought to justice.

“Our programs have a minimum duration of three years, so it is alarming to see a certificate allegedly awarded by our university in six weeks. This not only goes against the law but also contradicts the standards of every reputable university worldwide.

“We want to clarify that the certificate obtained by Mr. Audu is not from our institution, and investigations are underway to uncover the person behind the issuance of the fake certificate bearing our university’s name. ECOLE SUPERIEURE DE GESTION ET DE TECHNOLOGIE, currently regarded as one of the fastest-growing universities in Benin Republic, has no record of the said reporter being enrolled, let alone graduating.

“This malicious act aims to tarnish the university’s good image and is the work of mischief-makers. Our students undergo rigorous studies guided by experienced and qualified lecturers. They are evaluated academically and morally, graded on their moral behavior, class attendance (monitored through class monitoring sheets), and their positive contributions to the university and host community, termed ‘Citizenship Grade.’

“This is evident in our transcripts issued to students upon graduation, a feature unique to our university in Benin Republic.

“Therefore, I am writing to correct the misconceptions and investigations published about our University by Daily Nigerian. I humbly request that the paper retract the information as it is detrimental for public consumption. We also seek any useful information leading to identifying the parties involved so that the law can take its due course,” he added.

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