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Nigeria inaugurates committee on foreign qualifications evaluation

A 16 man Committee that would set criteria for evaluation and accreditation of Foreign qualifications has been inaugurated in Nigeria.

Inaugurating the 33rd National Standing Committee in Abuja, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu , said the committee was to decide on Nigerian equivalents to foreign qualifications.

The Minister noted that the Nigerian government has made progress in the areas of non-acceptance of courses of some universities in Africa.

Relevant Professional Bodies

He said that the processing of documents by foreign students has been streamlined and that collaboration with relevant professional bodies for proper assessment of professional degrees qualification has also been intensified.

About forty thousand Nigerians are currently studying in various Tertiary Institutions in African Countries he said.

He emphasised that the committee on evaluation was to also decide on Nigerian equivalents to foreign qualifications.

According to the minister, the committee is to consider and recommend criteria for recognition of degrees obtained outside Nigeria

Mallam Adamu noted that progress has been made in the areas of non-acceptance of courses of some universities in Africa.

We have also made progress in non recognition of some foreign institutions in the Republics of Benin,Togo,Ghana,Cameroon, we mean universities that are not recognised or even licensed in their own countries.

This meeting is intended to be a forum for the exchange of ideas that would help the education sector, the National Standing Committee on foreign qualifications is the highest decision making body on the evaluation of foreign qualifications.

The decisions taken by the committee will prove crucial to the well being and future of those that acquired the qualifications and foreign certificates the minister explained.

The 16 Persons were drawn from the six geo political zones of the federation are to serve on the committee.

Source: Voice of Nigeria