Minister orders reinstatement of demoted FIIRO boss despite certificate scandal

Written by on May 19, 2020

Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, has overruled the decision of the governing board of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi, Lagos, which ordered the demotion of a former acting Director-General, Chima Igwe over alleged certificate scandal.

Onu in a letter to the FIIRO Governing Board directed that the 58-year-old be returned as acting DG.

Igwe was demoted to the position of principal research officer after a probe by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offenses Commission revealed that he did not complete his Ph.D. in 2001 as he claimed.

The board initially suspended him based on a report from the ICPC, which established contact with Universite Abomey Calavi, Benin Republic, where Igwe claimed to have finished.

The university had informed the ICPC that Igwe had yet to defend his thesis and it was the reason he did not have a certificate.

However, Igwe had used an attestation letter from his supervisor dated 2002 to gain several promotions.

After his suspension by the board, Igwe returned to the Benin Republic varsity in February 2020 to defend his thesis and was issued another attestation to indicate he completed the Ph.D.

The new attestation showed the effective date of the award of the Ph.D. as February 2020.

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