- The National Accreditation Board has invalidated the doctorate degree received by Countryman Songo
- According to the Board, the awarding institution was not accredited to give any such degrees
It has been gathered that the honorary doctorate degree given to controversial award-winning sports journalist, Patrick Osei Agyeman, popularly known as Countryman Songo is ‘fake’, the National Accredidation Board has said.
According to the National Accreditation Board (NAB), the Riches Theological College and Clergy Council, the institution that gave out the award, had not been accredited to award any form of degree, be it regular or honorary in the country.
It, therefore, cautioned dignitaries who have been awarded by the said institution with the so-called honorary degrees to desist from using such titles to avoid exposing themselves to unnecessary embarrassment and ridicule.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Graphic.com.gh, statement signed by the Executive Director of the NAB, Dr. Kingsley Nyarko, said the institution was not mandated to award such degrees
The statement read, “This is one of such instances where some foreign institutions confer such honorary degrees, particularly doctorate degrees on prominent personalities with intent to legitimize and popularize the operations of the institutions in Ghana, and thereby seeking to attract unsuspecting students to enroll them.
“It must be made clear that universities and other tertiary education institutions which are unaccredited by the relevant authorities in their home countries cannot be authorized to award any degree – regular or honorary in Ghana,” the statement said.
It reminded the public that the conferment of honorary degrees was the prerogative of degree awarding institutions rightly mandated to do so.
“Therefore, non-governmental organizations, unaccredited institutions and accredited private tertiary institutions operating under the mentorship of chartered degree-awarding universities are not qualified by themselves to confer honorary degrees. Any such institutions that do so will be in contravention of Regulation 19 (1) of the Tertiary Institutions (Establishment and Accreditation) Regulation, 2010 (L.I. 1984) which states that:
“An accredited institution shall not issue certificates or award its own degrees, diplomas or honorary degree without a charter granted to it for that purpose by the President,” it said.
The NAB cautioned all distinguished personalities invited for such awards, to verify the accreditation status and degree-awarding powers of the institutions that seek to confer on them honorary degrees to avoid any embarrassing fallouts.
It said any “person/group that accepts any degree from this/such entity does so at the peril of being a subject of ridicule and contempt.”
The Riches Theological College and Clergy Council recently awarded Adom TV’s Fire 4 Fire presenter, Patrick Osei Agyemang, popularly known as Country Man Songo a doctorate in humanity.
It also awarded Nana Yaa Brefo, also of Adom TV a doctorate in Journalism and Humanity.
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