The Federal Ministry of Education (FME) has suspended the evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin and Togo Republics, effective from January 2, 2024.
This decision follows an investigative report by the Daily Nigerian Newspaper, which revealed that some Nigerians were obtaining degrees through dubious means to secure graduate job opportunities for which they were not qualified.
Reacting, FG said it has initiated an investigation involving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria, the ministries responsible for Education in Benin and Togo, the Department of State Security Services (DSSS) and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).
The statement read, “The Ministry is also commencing internal administrative processes to determine the culpability of its staff, with applicable Public Service Rules to be enforced.
“The FME has been contending with this problem, including illegal institutions located abroad or at home preying on unsuspecting Nigerians.
“The Ministry has always adopted the global standard for evaluation and accreditation of certificates of all forms.
“However, in light of recent events, it is putting in place mechanisms to sanitize the education sector.
“The FME is committed to collaborating with stakeholders, including civil society organizations, to consistently enhance the Nigerian education system. It also wishes to assure Nigerians and the general public that it is already putting in place mechanisms to sanitize the education sector.
“The Federal Ministry of Education wishes all Nigerians a happy new year, a year in which we would all work together to strengthen our education sector.”