The Federal Government has constituted a
committee, comprising of members from
the National Universities Commission (NUC)
and the Federal Ministry of Education, to
screen certificates obtained by Nigerian
students who studied abroad.
This was disclosed by the Executive
Secretary of NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, who
said that mere knowing that a foreign
university was approved is not enough as
the programme pursued by a student might
not be approved.
“When they come for NYSC, they are
referred to the Ministry of Education to look
at the quality of their certificates.
“Recently, the ministry decided to set up a
joint committee of NUC and the Federal
Ministry of Education to look at the quality
of those certificates; the committee has
been set up but it has not been inaugurated.
“In Ukraine, where we have many of our
students for instance, it is not that all the
universities are bad; some are really good
but it depends on which one.
“Some of our students who attended
universities in Ukraine pass through the UK
and get a second degree; in some countries,
you can buy a certificate in the airport”, he
The NUC boss had earlier expressed
concern over the quality of universities
Nigerian students attend in the West
African sub-region, especially in Ghana.