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Exclusive: How FIIR DG, Dr. Chima Igwe Fake PhD Certificate To Secure FG's Appointment

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He didn’t complete his studies – Varsity rep

The Director-General of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Dr Chima Igwe, has come under probe after failing to present his PhD certificate more than 17 years after claiming to have bagged the degree.

Igwe, who claimed to have bagged the degree from the Universite Nationale du Benin (now Universite d’Abomey- Calavi) in Benin Republic, received several promotions based on the purported degree.

He was said to have been promoted at least three times based on the degree.

However, the only evidence of the purported PhD is an attestation letter.

Despite Igwe’s inability to provide the certificate, it was learnt that he scaled through several verifications at FIIRO, an institute under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Some officials of the institute later petitioned the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission on the matter.

The issue became contentious when the tenure of the immediate past Director-General of FIIRO, Prof. Gloria Elemo, ended and there was the need for a new head for the institute.

The PUNCH gathered that the governing board of the institute, while shopping for Elemo’s replacement, called for the files of senior officers of the agency.

Igwe, being the most senior, was the apparent successor to the office until the controversy resurfaced: a PhD certificate could not be found in his file to support his claim.

The Chairman of the Governing Board, Alhaji Ibrahim Gwarzo, in a letter to the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, said Igwe was not fit to occupy the position.

He explained that the officer had refused to submit his PhD certificate “17 years after submitting a letter of attestation.”

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