FG to screen 40,000 Nigerians with foreign degrees

The federal government yesterday set up a 16-member committee to screen 40, 000 Nigerians with degrees obtained from foreign tertiary institutions.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said in Abuja that the need arose in view of reported cases of fake foreign degrees obtained by Nigerians from substandard institutions. According to preliminary assessment by the Ministry of Education, no fewer than 40,000 Nigerians are either holding or currently studying as undergraduates in various tertiary institutions across some African countries.

To this end, Adamu inaugurated a 16-man committee to set the criteria for evaluation of foreign certificates. The inauguration was performed on the sidelines of the 33rd meeting of the National Standing Committee on Evaluation and Accreditation of Foreign Qualifications. Part of the terms of reference for the committee includes to consider and recommend criteria for recognition of degrees obtained outside Nigeria. Adamu said degrees from questionable institutions especially from Republics of Benin, Togo, Ghana and Cameroon had already been blacklisted by the ministry in the local job market in Nigeria.

He said the ministry had also established mechanism to streamline students seeking government approval to study abroad. “The recommendations that will be given by the committee will prove crucial to the well being and future of those that acquired the qualifications and foreign certificates,” he stated while inaugurating the committee.

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