FG Suspends Degree Certificates From Benin Republic & Togo

Augustina Obilor-Duru, the Acting Director of Press at the Federal Ministry of Education, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.

The Director said the decision follows a recently published report exposing certificate racketeering from neighbouring African countries.

report published in The Daily Nigerian exposed a booming certificate racketeering syndicate in neighbouring African countries like Benin Republic and Togo, that specialises in selling university degrees to willing buyers in Nigeria.

In the investigation, an undercover reporter bagged a university degree from Cotonou in six weeks at “an affordable rate”.

The certificate and transcript bore the authentic scan code of Ecole Superieure de Gestion et de Technologies, ESGT, Benin Republic.

certificate stipulated that the reporter commenced his programme in 2018 and graduated on September 5, 2022.

The reporter proceeded to use the fake certificate to participate in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme without detection.

The investigation also showed that racketeering agents in Nigeria are in cahoots with top management of the university campus in Cotonou whose registrar and English section coordinators are Nigerians.

Obilor-Duru said the Education mMnistry is suspending accreditation and evaluation of university degree certificates from the affected nations pending conclusion of an ongoing probe on the matter.

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