US College Says It Did Not Award MBA To Stella Oduah As It Has No Masters Programme
Stella Oduah, Nigeria’s Aviation Minister who is embroiled in a scandal of towering proportions in the ministry, faces new integrity questions as her Masters’ degree has been challenged by the United States school which she claimed awarded the degree to her.
Her resume, presented to Senate as a ministerial nominee in 2011, indicated she obtained a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from St. Paul’s College Lawrenceville, Virginia, United States.
But the School's Provost Vice President of Academic Affairs and Vice President of Institutional Development said in response to inquiries: “We don’t offer any graduate programs here.”
Sahara Reporters has learned from the President of the college that it has never in its 125-year history had a graduate school or graduate program.
Similarly, the school’s website states: “Saint Paul's College is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate [bachelor’s] degrees.” There is no mention of graduate degrees.
“[Oduah] realized very early in life the indispensability of a sound education in her growth plans in life and therefore pursued her education with all diligence and sense of purpose,” her documents claimed, adding that a determination “to have the best education at the highest level” prompted her stay at the Virginia college in 1983 for the MBA programme.
As her public relations machinery marched on, in December 2012 The Sun newspaper published an article headlined “Stella Oduah: An Amazon of transformation,” which lauded her “MBA from St Paul’s College, Lawrenceville Virginia USA.” The story also praised her for being an official who brought her “rich educational background to bear on the aviation sector by automating revenue centers in all the agencies and parastatals to boost their revenue profile and enhance transparency and accountability in the system.”
Oduah’s new certificate questions are certain to feed into national concern about her credibility as an elected official, but also about Jonathan’s credibility, and about the nation’s security apparatus which verifies official documents offered to the Senate for official nominations.
If Mrs. Oduah deliberately deceived the Senate, it remains to be seen if the Upper Legislative House will be sufficiently motivated to take up the matter appropriately.
Afterall, Jonathan is yet to reveal the findings of the panel he set up to investigate Stella Oduah's cars scandal.