Foreign universities degrees obtained by Nigerians would be investigated by the Federal Government.
The Federal Government through the Ministry of Education said on Monday that it had constituted a 16-man committee to screen over 40,000 degrees claimed to have been obtained by Nigerians who studied in foreign universities.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who inaugurated the committee in Abuja, said the screening was necessary to detect fake foreign degrees obtained by Nigerians, particularly from sub-standard institutions in Africa and beyond.
The Minister said this at the 33rd meeting of the National Standard Committee on Evaluation and Accreditation of Foreign Qualifications.
The minister said according to a preliminary assessment by the Ministry of Education, no fewer than 40,000 Nigerians were either holding or currently studying in various tertiary institutions abroad.
He said degrees from questionable institutions, especially from countries such as Benin Republic, Togo and Cameroon, had already been identified by the ministry.