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FG temporarily suspends accreditation of Benin Republic, Togo degree certificates

The Federal Government has decided to halt the accreditation and assessment of degree certificates obtained from Benin Republic and Togo.

This action comes in response to a report revealing that a degree was acquired from a Benin Republic university in less than two months.

Augustina Obilor-Duru, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, expressed concerns about the use of questionable methods by some Nigerians to obtain degrees with the sole intention of securing job opportunities for which they lack qualification.

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In an official statement on Tuesday, she stated, “The Federal Ministry of Education strongly condemns such actions and, effective from January 2, 2024, is suspending the evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin and Togo Republics.

This suspension will remain in place pending the results of an investigation involving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, the two countries’ education ministries, as well as the Department of State Security Services (DSSS) and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).”

The Ministry is urging Nigerians to provide information to aid the committee in finding lasting solutions to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The statement stressed that the Ministry has been grappling with issues related to illegal institutions, both abroad and domestically, targeting unsuspecting individuals and desperate Nigerians who deliberately engage with such establishments.

The Ministry has previously issued warnings against resorting to such institutions, and reports have been submitted to security agencies to take action against the culprits.

The statement concluded by asserting the Ministry’s commitment to continually review its strategies to address any loopholes, processes, and procedures, and to take decisive action against any officials involved in connivance.


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