NANS (National Association of Nigerian Students) urges the Federal Government to penalize Nigerian institutions providing unaccredited courses in response to falsified results

In Abeokuta, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has expressed appreciation to the Federal Government for halting the assessment and accreditation of degree certificates acquired from institutions in Benin Republic and Togo.

Furthermore, the student body is urging the government to broaden its sanctions to include domestic tertiary institutions that provide courses lacking accreditation from pertinent authorities.

NANS issued the statement, signed by its National Senate President, Elvis Ekundina, and shared with reporters in Abeokuta, Ogun State. Following the Federal Ministry of Education’s expressed concern on Tuesday regarding deceptive practices in obtaining degrees from Benin Republic and Togo, NANS commended the immediate suspension of accreditation for certificates from institutions in these countries.

In response, NANS called for a thorough investigation into the actions of the Federal Ministry of Education, the National Universities Commission (NUC), the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), and other implicated agencies involved in fraudulent activities related to obtaining foreign degree certificates.

“While we appreciate the federal government’s prompt decision to suspend the accreditation of degree certificates obtained from institutions in Benin Republic and Togo, it is crucial for the government to delve deeper into the activities of the implicated agencies. This is the only way the federal government can restore the country’s tarnished image.

“We also take this opportunity to urge the government to scrutinize the operations of tertiary institutions, particularly privately owned ones offering unaccredited courses.

Engaging in fraudulent practices, these institutions are undermining the education sector and deceiving young Nigerians by providing unaccredited courses, resulting in financial exploitation. Describing such universities and polytechnics as illegal entities, Ekundina urges the government to take appropriate action against them.

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Ekundina is urging the federal government to partner with NANS and other student bodies to eliminate these “illegal” tertiary institutions and reform the education sector.

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