FG Establishes a Committee to Tackle Fake Degrees From Neighboring Countries

Today, Tuesday, the Federal Ministry of Nigeria, via the Federal Ministry of Education, will establish an inter-ministerial committee to investigate and tackle the degree mill activities.

This was made known by Ben Goong, the Ministry's Director of Press and Public Relations, in a notice sent to journalists in Abuja.

In the notice, Mr. Goong revealed that the “Education Minister, Prof.Tahir Mamman, will this afternoon inaugurate an inter-ministerial committee on degree mills."

According to reports, the activities of degree mills (fake degress) have once again become a trending topic in Nigeria following an investigative report by The Daily Nigerian reporter, Umar Audu, that revealed the activities of degree mills in Benin Republic and Togo.

The reporter described how he gained his bachelor's degree in six weeks from a university in the Benin Republic and then went on to do mandatory youth service through the National Youth Service Corps scheme.

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Audu contacted the syndicate that issued his degree certificate in December 2022; they graduated him in February 2023 and later issued him a valid certificate of Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from the University of Ecole Superieure de Gestion et de Technologies, Cotonou, Benin Republic.

The Nigerian government placed a ban on the accreditation and evaluation of degrees from Benin Republic and Togo after the report uncovered illegalities committed by high-ranking officials of several West African education institutions.

Prof. Tahir Mamman later stated that the Federal Government of Nigeria will extend its ban to other institutions in African countries, starting with neighboring Ghana.

According to the statistics provided by the National Association of Nigerian Students in Togo and Benin Republic, the ban will affect 10,900 Nigerian students who are studying in the universities of Benin Republic and Togo.

The regulatory body of universities in Nigeria (NUC) revealed that only 18 out of the 58 suspended Nigerian universities are foreign-owned.

Previously, the Nigerian University Commission suspended the operations of 58 universities across the country.

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