Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman, has announced plans by their government to extend its suspension of degree accreditation and evaluation to Kenya and Uganda.
Over 45 universities have been affected by the suspension of degrees due to allegations of granting fake degrees to students.
“We are not going to stop at just Benin and Togo. We are going to extend the dragnet to countries like Uganda, Kenya, and even Niger, where such institutions have been set up,” Mamman said on Wednesday, January 3, during an interview on Nigeria’s Channels Television channel.
Why is federal government banning such degrees?
According to Mamman, institutions offering such degrees operate undercover without physical locations.
He strongly reiterates the government’s resolve to combat certificate forgery, categorising individuals involved with these institutions as criminals.
The minister affirmed that security agents will actively pursue Nigerians holding counterfeit certificates from foreign countries.
What led to revelation?
In response to an exposé by Umar Audu, a reporter for the Daily Nigerian newspaper, revealing that he obtained a four-year degree from a Benin university in just six weeks, the government unveiled plans to ban and take legal action against individuals involved in such fraudulent activities.
Minister Mamman asserted a lack of sympathy for those affected, emphasising the need to uphold the law stating that the measure would safeguard Nigeria’s employers and preserve the integrity of the country’s qualifications.
Despite this, the government clarifies that the investigation will not extend to nonexistent foreign universities, focusing instead on revoking certificates from criminals in line with established policies