Some Nigerians in public, private organisations using fake certificates, FG

The Federal Government has vowed to devise measures to fish out anyone carrying fraudulently obtained certificates.

The Federal Government has disclosed that there is the possibility that some Nigerians working in public and private organisations are parading fake educational certificates.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, expressed this concern while receiving an inter-ministerial committee report on illegitimate academic degrees at his office on Friday, May 3, 2024.

The Federal Government had tasked the committee to investigate the activities of over 100 private universities and their counterparts in Benin Republic, Togo and other countries in reaction to an investigative report by a Daily Nigerian journalist.

The report exposed how some degree mills took advantage of the laxity in the Nigerian system to get away with their actions.

However, Mamman expressed sadness over the discoveries during the investigation, noting that the ministry would collaborate with relevant agencies to instil sanity in the education sector and rid it of fake tendencies.

“We can’t afford to have the integrity of our education swayed by a few people.

“It is possible that some are carrying fake certificates in public and private organisations and need to be flushed out. This report is the product of a thorough investigation.

“It is sad that someone who should come out of a Nigerian institution with a 2:1 or 2:2 is now parading an international certificate of first class.

“The ministry is determined to take steps to sanitise the system,” the minister said.

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