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Nigerian Students’ Union Urges Reassessment of Certificate Suspension from Benin Republic and Togo



The National Union of Nigerian Students (NANS) has called on the Federal Government to reevaluate the suspension imposed on the accreditation and evaluation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo, two neighbouring francophone West African countries.

This move by the government, announced on Tuesday, was in response to a report revealing the expedited acquisition of a degree from a university in Benin Republic within two months.

In a statement issued by the Senate President of NANS, Akinteye Afeez, the student body appreciated the government’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of academic qualifications. However, they urged the government to carefully consider the broader impact of the decision on legitimate students who have pursued their education in these countries.

NANS pointed out that many students have invested significant time in their studies, with some completing one, two, or three years of coursework. Others have successfully graduated and are eagerly awaiting the approval of their evaluation lists to participate in the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) program.

The statement emphasized that these students now face a state of uncertainty, encountering potential delays in both their academic and professional pursuits.

“We believe there is a need for reassessment. While the reported corruption is undoubtedly a cause for concern, it is crucial to distinguish between those involved in fraudulent activities and the vast majority of students who have pursued their education genuinely,” the statement read.

Furthermore, NANS highlighted that Benin Republic and Togo host a significant number of Nigerian students seeking quality education. They expressed concern that a blanket suspension might strain diplomatic and educational relations, affecting the opportunities available to Nigerian students in these neighbouring countries.

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The student union concluded by urging the government to reconsider the suspension, emphasizing that such a move would alleviate the stress and uncertainties faced by students who find themselves caught in the aftermath of the decision.

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