Gifty Anti, IGP, Hassan Ayariga, others indicted in fake doctorate degree scandal

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dcc-477x310The report draws conclusions on extensive investigations and gives an alarming list of tertiary institutions and equally alarming names of prominent Ghanaians who got their degrees from these schools.

Researchers from the  Valdosta State University, in Valdosta USA, have drawn the attention of Ghana’s Minister of Education to the number of prominent individuals in Ghana who have acquired doctorate degrees from unaccredited tertiary institutions.

The report draws conclusions on extensive investigations and gives an alarming list of tertiary institutions and equally alarming names of prominent Ghanaians who got their degrees from these schools.

Given that these individuals permeate all sectors of Ghanaian society, the effects of the influence will have dire consequences for Ghana, if their educational status is not checked and rectified.

“As a country, Ghana can only be as good as the institutions it builds. Building excellent institutions implies that the laws of the land apply in a just and fair manner to all manner of people—the poor, the rich, the educated, the uneducated, the politician, the foot soldier, the religious leaders, etc.”, the researchers said in a letter to Ghana’s Minister of Education, Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang, and sighted by

Here are the individuals who have purportedly gotten degrees from questionable Universities in the U.S:

Dr. Hassan Ayariga-  Atlantic International University, Hawaii (Not Accredited by OPE, listed as unaccredited by the National Accreditation Board, Faced Consumer Protection law suit for being unaccredited.)

(Dr.) Sherry Ayittey,  (Dr.) Kofi Portuphy,  (Dr.) Gilbert Abeiku Aggrey, (Dr.) Gifty Anti,  (Dr.) Bernard Otabil,  (Dr.) John Kudalor (IGP), (Dr.) Kwasi Appiah-  Dayspring Christian University and Affiliates (Discredited by NAB on September 18, 2014.

Other names  in the Valdosta State University’s report include:

Aquinas Tawiah Quansah (B.A.) – Almeda College/University ( Unaccredited by the OPE, Boast Council for Distance Education, Interfaith Education Ministry & Association for Online Academic Excellence accreditations, Folded up.

Dzifa Aku Ativor (BS.c. & M.A.) – American Century University (Unaccredited by the OPE, Classified diploma mill [Foreign Credits International Experts, 2013]).

Bernice Adiku Heloo (Dr.) – European-American University (A corporate charter granted by Commonwealth of Dominica, Royal Charter HM Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara of Uganda, Royal Charter HRH, Chief of Gomoa Nyanyano)

(Dr.) Patrick Kobla Agboba or HRM Hon. (Dr.) Togbui Sri III – ( Not listed among recognized bodies in the UK, A non-existent institution.)

Swiss Management Center (SMC) – (Unaccredited by the Swiss Accreditation Council (SAC), Accreditation Council for Business, Schools and Programs (ACBSP), not an accredited agency of OPE, ACBSP accredit programs, not institutions)

Individuals associated with SMC include: (Dr.) John Gatsi, UCC, (Dr.) Tetteh Nettey.

(Dr.) Theophilus Tay (aka Theophilus Worgbale) – University of Dublin & University of California (University of California exists, and  is accredited. However,  the individual is not associated with University of Dublin, California is an unaccredited diploma mill).

Other persons mentioned are: (Dr.) Samson Effah-Apraku and (Dr.) John Gatsi.


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