Written by Godfrey AKON

Nigeria bans degrees from Ghanaian, others’ private varsities

The Nigerian Government has banned the issuance of eligibility letters to graduates of some private universities in African countries wishing to participate in the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, while announcing the ban in Abuja, said the private universities mainly from Togo, Ghana, Benin Republic, Cameroon, and Niger were offering courses not accredited, licenced or recognised by relevant bodies in their own countries.

Adamu, who spoke at the 33rd National Standing Committee Meeting on Evaluation and Accreditation of Foreign Qualifications, urged the committee to, among other things, consider and recommend criteria for recognition of degrees obtained from studies outside Nigeria.

“Progress has also been made in the areas of non-acceptance of courses of some universities in Africa not accredited and non-recognition of some foreign institutions, especially those in the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cameroon, that are not recognised/licensed in their own countries,” he said.

The minister disclosed that about 40,000 Nigerians were in tertiary institutions in various African countries, warning that what the evaluation committee does could affect their future.

Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arch. Sonny Echono, represented by the Director of ICT, Mr Ike Orji, urged the committee to bring to bear global best practices, professionalism and expertise in the discharge of their duties.

Echono stressed the need to curb the rise of unaccredited foreign institutions that have been graduating Nigerian students and issuing them with unapproved degree certificates.

He disclosed that in most African countries, especially in Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Cameroun and Niger, tertiary institutions run courses leading to award of degree certificates for two or three years as against four or five years in Nigeria.

The Perm sec therefore urged the evaluation committee to look at the merits of these academic arrangements without compromising the quality of education that Nigerians receive abroad.

Earlier, the Director of Education Support Services, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs Justina Ibe, disclosed that between 2015 and 2017, not fewer than 20 persons have been arrested and handed over to the ICPC or police.

Ibe said the crimes committed by the individuals include: forgery of certificates, presentation of fake certificates and forgery of signatures of ministry officials among other incidents, adding that one out of the 20 culprits has been jailed for seven years for massive forgery of certificates.




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