Alleged Certificate Scandal: My Degree Genuine -Taraba Youth Commissioner Clarifies

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

Taraba State Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Hon Joseph Joshua has said his academic qualifications acquired from ESGT University, Benin Republic (Cotonou) was not fraudulently obtained.

Joshua, who said this in reaction to allegations of certificate forgery, disclosed that his lawyers would respond to the allegations regarding his B.Sc qualification from ESGT University, Benin Republic.

“I have seen the petition and my lawyer is informed about it. My response for now is simple, my qualifications is not fraudulent, it is authenticated by the federal ministry of education.

The fact that a journalist finds out something fraudulent does not mean all the certificates are fraudulent. It is wrong for anyone to jump to conclusions without having the facts of the case” Joshua said.

Sulaiman Adamu Scatter, a resident of Jalingo local government area has petitioned security agencies to investigate the B. Sc. Certificate in Information Technology with Second Class (Upper Decision) at the ESGT University, Benin Republic (Cotonou) obtained by Joseph Joshua in 2021 as his highest qualification and submitted to the Taraba State House of Assembly during his screening and confirmation of his nomination as Commissioner from Takum local government area.

According to the petitioner, there was never a time that the Commissioner left Nigeria to Benin Republic for the purpose of studies, emphasising that the agencies should use their respected offices to thoroughly investigate the Commissioner with a view of finding the number of times he visited Benin Republic for the purpose of studies, the years he covered and his international passport evidencing his frequent visits to the country during the period he claimed he obtained the said certificate.

The petition followed a report published by an online medium, which exposed the ease with which a reporter acquired a degree from an African university within six weeks, subsequently participating in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC)
scheme, prompting the Federal Government to suspend the evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin Republic and Togo.

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