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Reps begin probe of alleged certificate racketeering involving government officials

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The house of representatives has commenced investigation
into alleged certificate racketeering by some officials in government
ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).

 

Abubakar Fulata, chairman of the joint committee on
certificate racketeering at the green chamber, disclosed this during plenary on
Tuesday.

 

A report had exposed a certificate racketeering syndicate in
Benin Republic that sells university degrees to willing buyers in Nigeria.

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During the investigation, an undercover reporter bagged a
four-year university degree from Cotonou in six weeks.

 

The reporter used the fake certificate to participate in the
National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme without detection.

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The investigation stated that racketeering agents in Nigeria
are in cahoots with top management of the university campus in Cotonou.

 

Multiple stakeholders have since demanded a probe of
Nigeria’s education ministry over a clearance issued to foreign universities.

 

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Fulata said certificate racketeering could cripple the
healthcare system and various sectors of the economy if left unchecked.

 

He said the house has mandated its committees on university
education, interior-foreign affairs, and youth development, to investigate the
malaise.

 

“This has been a burning issue in both public and private
institutions. There are seemingly less observance of rules, regulations,
processes, and quality assurance,” he said.

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“There is a need to identify officials of MDAs and students
who benefitted from such institutions and their campuses in the last ten
years.”



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