Degree Certificates from the Benin Republic,Togo Suspended by the FG

Degree diplomas from Togo and the Benin Republic are no longer accredited or evaluated by the federal government.

This change was made in response to an article that revealed how a degree might be obtained from a university in the Benin Republic in less than two months.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Augustina Obilor-Duru, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, expressed concern over a report that “lents credence to suspicions” that some Nigerians engage in dishonest practices in order to obtain a degree. The objective is to secure graduate job opportunities, even though they do not meet the necessary qualifications.

Degree certificates from Benin and Togo Republics will not be evaluated or accredited by the Federal Ministry of Education starting January 2, 2024. This decision is made in anticipation of an investigation that will include the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two countries’ education ministries, the DSSS, and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).”

As the committee searches for long-term measures to avoid such incidents, the ministry is also appealing to Nigerians for assistance in supplying information.

According to the statement, “FME has been grappling with the problem,” which includes unlawful institutions both at home and overseas that take advantage of naïve Nigerians who aren’t paying attention, as well as needy Nigerians who knowingly patronise these establishments.

There have been reports to security services to crack down on the culprits, and the Ministry and NUC have periodically warned against using such institutions. In order to address any incompetent personnel, the ministry will keep reviewing its plan to remedy any gaps in protocols and procedures.

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