Nigeria Aims To Ban Degrees From Uganda, Kenya

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ABUJA, Nigeria – Mediaage NG News – Nigeria aims to extend the suspension of degrees accreditation to more countries, including Kenya and Uganda.

The crackdown is to protect Nigeria’s academic qualifications, Education Minister, Tahir Mamman said on local television station, Channels.

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Earlier this week, Nigeria suspended the accreditation of degrees from the Republic of Benin and Togo.

“We are not going to stop at just Benin and Togo”, Mr. Mamman said on Wednesday.

“We are going to extend the dragnet to countries like Uganda, Kenya, even Niger here where such institutions have been set up”, he added.

The new directive is an effort to stop fraudulent qualifications from foreign degree mills, following an exposé by the Daily Nigerian newspaper.

The newspaper’s reporter, Umar Audu, in an underground investigation, revealed how he obtained a degree for a four-year program from a Benin university in under two months.

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Mr Mamman says he has “no sympathy” for those with fake certificates from foreign countries, adding that they are not victims but “part of the criminal chain that should be arrested”.

Nigeria has launched a formal investigation into the ministries and agencies responsible for accrediting academic qualifications obtained abroad.

Mr Mamman said the measure will protect Nigeria’s employers and the integrity of the country’s qualifications.

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