The Global Association of Postgraduate Students (GAPOGS) has called on all the postgraduate students of the African continent to bring to the fore, impactful research that will transcend borders to address global challenges.
While speaking in a press conference on Tuesday, in Abuja, the newly elected African President of GAPOGS, Amb. Peace Nwankaego Onuiri said that the association will leave no stone unturned to ensure the holistic growth and development of all postgraduate students.
She expressed that, GAPOGS aims to instill a broader perspective on education, emphasizing the role of postgraduate students in finding practical solutions to real-world problems.
According to her, GAPOHS stands as a beacon for postgraduate students globally, fostering collaboration, celebrating diversity, and advocating for the rights and interests of scholars.
“As I call upon postgraduate students in Africa, let’s come together and make an impactful research that transcends borders and transforms the landscape of postgraduate education worldwide.
“Our primary aim is to establish collaborations with academic institutions globally, steering partnerships that facilitate campus development, academic exchange programs, joint research initiatives, and mobility for postgraduate students, and together, we will build bridges connecting the gown to the town, creating a vibrant local community that transcends geographical boundaries.
“As we embark on this journey, GAPOGS will facilitate networking and collaboration among postgraduate students, encouraging interdisciplinary interactions and knowledge-sharing opportunities. We will organize seminars, webinars, and Conferences to promote academic discourse, critical thinking, and intellectual engagement across diverse fields.
“Professional development is key to our mission, GAPOGS will provide resources, workshops, and mentorship programs to enhance research skills, academic writing presentation abilities, and overall competencies crucial for the professional growth of postgraduate scholars. A shining example is the upcoming Global Postgraduate School Games in June, showcasing our commitment to supporting the holistic development of postgraduate students.
“Cultural exchange and diversity appreciation are integral components of our agenda. GAPOGS will celebrate cultural diversity through events, forums, and Initiatives that foster cross-cultural understanding, appreciation, and integration among postgraduate scholars from diverse backgrounds.
“Advocacy is a cornerstone of our mission, therefore we will serve as a vocal advocate for postgraduate students’ rights, ensuring their voices are heard at both national and international levels. GAPOGS will also provide access to resources, including databases, research grants, scholarships, and other opportunities to empower postgraduate students in their academic pursuits.
“In addressing the unique needs of Africa, we recognize the importance of result- oriented research, our focus on African tourism components aims to implement research outcomes that contribute to the development of the continent. GAPOGS is committed to addressing global challenges through impactful research, emphasizing the role of postgraduate students in implementing solutions, especially in the context of Africa.
“Lastly, on the welfare front, we are proud to illustrate our commitment through the forthcoming Postgraduate Global School Games. This event exemplifies our dedication to the overall well-being of postgraduate students, showcasing our support for both academic and extracurricular pursuits.”
While presenting the certificate of return to the African president, the Global President of GAPOGS, Amb Dr. Edward Olutoke stated that Africa needs to think outside the box for them to get the attention of the world.
“When we get to Universities all over Africa, you see piles of projects from BSc. to Ph.D. What do we do with these projects? And for people to write these projects, it involves a whole lot of energy, some go through tough times. Some of them even pay huge money for their projects to be done. That is why GAPOGS was formed to ensure we let them know that we don’t just go to school to acquire certificates, but we go to school to solve problems.”
FG Suspends Accreditation of Degree Certificates from Benin, Togo Varsities
The Federal government has announced the suspension of evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from the neighboring Benin Republic and Togo.
In a statement signed on Tuesday, January 2, by Augustina Obilor-Duru on behalf of the Director of Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Education, the federal government lamented that “some Nigerians deploy nefarious means and unconscionable methods to get a Degree with the end objective of getting graduate job opportunities for which they are not qualified.”
The statement noted that the suspension followed an investigative report by an online newspaper, which unraveled a Cotonou-based University, which issued a degree certificate to an undercover Journalist within six weeks.
The government said the suspension will remain in place pending the outcome of an investigation involving the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education of Nigeria and the two countries as well as the Department of State Security Services (DSS), and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).
The statement reads in parts; “The attention of the Federal Ministry of Education has been drawn to the commendable work of investigative journalism that led to the publication by the Daily Nigerian Newspaper dated 30th December 2023 titled “UNDERCOVER: How DAILY NIGERIAN reporter bagged Cotonou varsity degree in 6 weeks, participated in NYSC scheme.
“This report lends credence to suspicions that some Nigerians deploy nefarious means and unconscionable methods to get a Degree with the end objective of getting graduate job opportunities for which they are not qualified.
“The Federal Ministry of Education vehemently decries such acts and with effect from 2nd January 2024 is suspending evaluation and accreditation of degree certificates from Benin and Togo Republics pending the outcome of an investigation that would involve the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria and the two countries, the ministries responsible for Education in the two countries as well the Department of State Security Services (DSSS), and the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC).”
The Ministry also said it has commenced internal administrative processes to determine the culpability or otherwise of her staff for which applicable Public Service Rules would be applied.
“The issue of degree mills institutions, i.e institutions that exist on paper or operate in clandestine manner outside the control of regulators is a global problem that all countries grapple with.
“FME has been contending with the problem including illegal institutions located abroad or at home preying on unsuspecting, innocent Nigerians and some desperate Nigerians who deliberately patronize such outlets.
Periodically, warnings have been issued by the Ministry and NUC against the resort to such institutions and in some instances, reports made to security agencies to clamp down on the perpetrators.
“The ministry will continue to review its strategy to plug any loopholes, processes and procedures and deal decisively with any conniving officials,” the statement added.
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