The Federal Government is set to broaden its suspension of accreditation and evaluation of degree certificates beyond Benin Republic and Togo, extending the scrutiny to include countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and Niger Republic. The Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, announced this development during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today program.
“We are not going to stop at just Benin and Togo,” Mamman emphasized. “We are going to extend the dragnet to countries like Uganda, Kenya, even Niger here where such institutions have been set up.”
The decision comes in the wake of the suspension of accreditation for degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo, prompted by an exposé by an undercover journalist from Daily Nigeria newspaper. The journalist revealed how he obtained a degree from a university in Benin Republic within two months and was subsequently deployed for the National Youth Service Corps.
Expressing his lack of sympathy for individuals who patronize such institutions, Mamman labeled them as criminals, emphasizing that they are not victims but active participants in a criminal chain. The Minister asserted that security agents would pursue individuals with fake certificates from foreign countries who exploit them to secure opportunities in Nigeria.
Addressing the topic of student loans, Mamman stated, “The President has given his word that it will be operational from this quarter, and the committee is working very hard to ensure that the president’s word is implemented.” The move is part of the government’s commitment to tackling fraudulent academic practices and ensuring the integrity of educational qualifications in the country.