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Written by on January 2, 2024

In a significant move, the Nigerian Federal Government has announced the suspension of evaluating and accrediting degree certificates issued by institutions in Benin Republic and Togo. This drastic step, effective immediately, comes as authorities launch a combined investigation to address concerns about the validity and credibility of these qualifications.

The Ministry of Education issued a statement on Tuesday, January 2nd, signed by Augustina Obilor-Duru, outlining the suspension. The statement clarifies that this decision applies until the conclusion of a joint investigation involving multiple Nigerian bodies and their counterparts in Benin and Togo. These entities include the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, the Department of State Security Services (DSS), and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).

This development highlights anxieties within Nigeria regarding the quality and legitimacy of higher education attained in neighboring countries. Concerns have surfaced about potentially low standards and accreditation irregularities in some institutions within Benin and Togo. The investigation aims to shed light on these issues and determine the veracity of these concerns.

The suspension carries significant implications for Nigerian students holding qualifications from Benin and Togo. Their degrees will not be recognized or evaluated for professional purposes or for potential participation in the NYSC program until the investigation concludes. This news will undoubtedly cause uncertainty and inconvenience for these individuals, and they will be awaiting the outcome of the investigation with trepidation.

The government’s action signals its commitment to upholding integrity and standards within the Nigerian higher education landscape. The investigation’s findings will be crucial in guiding future decisions regarding the recognition of foreign qualifications and potentially prompting collaborations and reforms to address any identified issues within the educational systems of Benin and Togo.

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