A popular Senator of the federal republic is in more trouble as the National Universities Commission has confirmed that is Phd certificate is invalid and fake.
Tori News had reported earlier this month that a Nigerian Senator, Foster Ogola, was trailed with a certificate scandal after a confidential report revealed that the lawmaker currently representing Bayelsa West senatorial district, has fake credentials from an unaccredited university in Nigeria.
“Sen. Foster Ogola has a fake PhD. His official profile on the NASS Website says he has a PhD from GMF Christian University. There is no official site for the university and it is not accredited by the NUC.
There is also no research paper or thesis to his name online. Although he got the degree in 2012,” the report had alerted.
According to a new report by PREMIUM Times, the National Universities Commission of Nigeria has now confirmed that Senator Foster Ogola’s Phd certificate is invalid as the institution attended by the senator is among the illegal universities which will be closed by the commission.
An investigation revealed that the senator, currently representing Bayelsa West senatorial district, has fake PhD in Christian Leadership credentials from an unaccredited university in Nigeria named GMF Christian university, Lagos.
The investigation further revealed that the senator has a fake Phd as there was no official site for the university he attended and it is not accredited by NUC.
There is no research paper or thesis to the senator’s name online although he got the degree in 2012.
In a swift reaction to the allegation the senator told a reporter to “Kindly clarify for me if PREMIUM TIMES does exist, to entertain allegations from third parties whose identities are not mentioned, especially, when they are criminal in nature.”
He referred to the allegation as a product of “mischief makers with a potential to foment distraction from weighty matter of state.”
A Monday Bulletin from the office of the Executive Secretary on NUC dated April 23, 2018 on page 19 listed the senator’s university, The Gospel Missionary Foundation (GMF) Theological University as one of the illegal university operating in the country.
“The National Universities Commission (NUC) wishes to announce to the general public, especially parents and prospective undergraduates, that the under-listed “Degree Mills” have not been licensed by the federal government and have therefore,
been closed down for violating the Education (National Minimum Standards etc) Act CAP E3 law of the federation of Nigeria 2004,” the bulletin reads.
The deputy executive secretary of the commission, Chiedu Mafiana, in a phone interview disclosed that the university was not known to NUC as a registered institution.
“Will you want to value a certificate from a university that is not known? If we say the university is not recognised in Nigeria, it means that the certificate it purports to have issued does not exist,” Mafiana said.