After the suspension of accreditation and evaluation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo, the Federal Government has announced the extension of sanctions to include countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and Niger Republic.
The Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Wednesday, January 3, 2024.
Recall that, the Daily Nigerian Newspaper in its publication dated December 30, 2023 revealed that their undercover reporter, acquired a degree from a university in Benin Republic under two months and deployed for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Following this, the Federal Government immediately suspended accreditation of certificates from the two francophone West African nations and launched a probe which the minister said should submit its report in three months.
In reaction to this, Mamman stated that the sanction will not stop at Benin Republic and Togo alone, but will extend to other countries that practices such.
He said, “We are not going to stop at just Benin and Togo, We are going to extend the dragnet to countries like Uganda, Kenya, even Niger here where such institutions have been set up.”
Mamman also said students who patronise such institutions are not victims but criminals. “I have no sympathy for such people. Instead, they are part of the criminal chain that should be arrested,” the minister said on Wednesday.
He added that security agents will go after those with fake certificates from foreign countries already using them to secure opportunities in Nigeria.