WAESAF – How Certificate Forgery Destroys Education Standard.
The West African Education, Economic and Social Advancement Forum says Nigeria’s education standard is being severely hampered by continued industrial action by the Academic staff Union of Universities and the increased counterfeiting of politicians’ certificates.
WAESAF Nigeria’s district president, Olatunji Taiwo, said the often worrying and sad disruption in academic activities at universities is a cancer in the country’s education system.
Taiwo, in a statement issued to reporters on Monday, said it was important for all parties involved to stand up and address the dire state of education in the country.
According to him, from 1999 to 2022, ASUU initiated no less than 16 strikes with a total of 1404 days as of August 29, 2022.
The statement read: “We sincerely believe that Nigeria, a country renowned as the birthplace of leading scholars and globally recognized academics, should be at the forefront of the development and advancement of education. “We therefore join our voices with the millions of disenfranchised Nigerian students in calling on the government and ASUU to urgently resolve their differences to ensure that universities can be reopened as soon as possible.”
He says similarly, WAESAF has expressed concern about a growing wave of certificate falsification among Nigerian politicians jostling for different public offices in the 2023 general election.
“In July, a The Federal High Court in Abuja has disqualified the People’s Democratic Party governor candidate in Delta State, Sheriff Oborevwori, on the grounds that he “submitted problematic or forged credentials/certificates to the People’s Democratic Party of Delta State” participate and claim to be the winner of the PDP gubernatorial primaries.
“Similarly, there was a case involving fake certificates against the leader candidate of the Akwa Ibom People’s Democratic Party, Umo Eno, at the Federal Supreme Court in Uyo. According to reliable information, Umo Eno was brought to court on May 25 by Akan Okon ,a contestant in the May 25 PDP governorship primary, over allegations that he (Eno) displayed fake certificates of West African Examinations Board with the aim of realizing its governor ambitions. According to the latest reports on the case, two prominent professors and forensic experts in the country, Professor Jideoni Charles and Professor Michael Nwokolo, have jointly conducted a forensic investigation of the aforementioned WAEC certificates and confirm that they have been faked.
“As published on many trusted media platforms, the forensic report not only confirmed that Umo Eno was fake but also revealed that Mr. Eno created a fake WAEC website to publish his fake WAEC results.”
The group expressed surprise that the examination body has not addressed the issue of the alleged website cloning and certificate forgery involving Umo Eno and other politicians, alleging that this has exposed the image of the council to unnecessary public backlash.
“We therefore urge WAEC to address this infuriating counterfeiting issue as its continued silence may send the wrong message to students not only in Nigeria but across West Africa, who will take the exam in the future. We urge the review body to work with security agencies to thoroughly investigate these cases and ensure those found guilty are appropriately prosecuted,” the statement added.