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The Federal Government has said it would flush out fake certificate holders in both public and private institutions in the country.

Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, handed down the threat on Friday in Abuja while receiving the report of an Inter-Ministerial Investigative Committee on Degree Certificate Milling.

The Federal Government had on January 9, set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee to examine the veracity of allegations of degrees racketeering within both foreign and local private universities.

Chaired by Prof. Jubrila Amin, the panel was mandated to review the role of any Ministry, Departments, Agencies, or their officials in the facilitation of the recognition and procurement of fake certificates in question.

Prof. Mamman, who expressed sadness over what has been uncovered during the investigations, said that the ministry would work with relevant agencies to sanitise the education sector and rid it of any fake tendencies.

Specifically, he said any government official found wanting would face the full wrath of the law.

“We can’t afford to have the integrity of our education soar by some few persons.

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

“It is sad that someone who should come out from 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.”

He, however, pledged to take decisive role to ensure standards were enshrined in the system saying that ‘we can’t afford to let down our country when it comes to standards’.

Presenting the report, Chairman of the Inter-ministerial Committee, Prof. Jubrila Amin, lamented the horrible standards of education in those schools saying that many of those schools awarding degree certificates were an eye saw.

Amin said the problems at hand required speedy intervention, recommending that all agencies in the sector must digitise/automate their system.

He said that automating the entire education system was a way to go in such a way that you could sit in your office and monitor what is happening in all tertiary institutions.

According to him, in the course of our investigation, we realise that the present programme of accreditation and evaluation of results is inadequate.

He called for more universities in the country, saying that more universities to train PhD holders would help a lot rather than Nigerians going outside in search of certificates while ending up getting fake certificates.

He, therefore, urged the National Universities Commission (NUC) to pay more attention to institutions offering part time or sandwich programmes so we don’t have a repeat of 2017 saga of centres offering unaccredited courses.

“People go and get fake degrees and we have been to those countries and we know what a proper degree looks like, we know what the fake one looks like.

“We have given it to the ministry to scrutinise anyone presenting a certificate from those institutions and anything else is fake.”

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