Ex NSE Boss, Okereke-Onyuike in PhD Certificate Scandal
The former Director-General of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), Mrs. Ndi Okereke-Onyuike is presently enmeshed in an alleged multiple-certificate forgery scandal that has left tongues wagging.
The former NSE boss recently got a court to declare her sack from the Exchange illegal, and offer her N500 Million in damages.
The academic qualifications in question are her purported Doctor of Philosophy/Doctor of Finance and Securities Market at Baruch College of The City University of New York, which was founded in 1961.
Checks by a US based blog, The Will, at the college revealed that the institution does not award doctorates and have never offered PhD programs since its existence.
This revelation questions Mrs. Okereke-Onyuike's academic professorship awarded to her in July 2007 by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The university awarded her Professor of Capital Market Studies based on her now discredited Ph.D claim from the Baruch College at the City University of New York.
It was also discovered that her claim that she earned a First Class Honours Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Business Administration, Computer Science and Economics from 'Boruch College of the City College of the City, University of New York in 1975', is bogus, as the school is nonexistent in the USA or elsewhere in the globe.
Our extensive search at the US Department of Education and the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, Arlington Virginia, revealed that there is no such school as 'Boruch College of the City College of the City, University of New York.
It was however not clear if she meant Baruch College which is an arm of the City University of New York (CUNY). This is the only college that has close semblance to her claim
The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, Arlington Virginia was created in 1967 for, “the accreditation of private, postsecondary, non-degree-granting institutions and degree-granting institutions in the United States, including those granting associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees, that are predominantly organized to educate students for occupational, trade and technical careers, and including institutions that offer programs via distance education,” according to its website.
“We have no record of the Boruch College of the City College of the City, University of New York. It doesn't exist in our database of colleges,” a clerk at the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges told THEWILL.
The revelation is sequel to a declaration deposed by Vincent J. De Luca, Director of Student Services and Senior Registrar at The Graduate School and University Center of The City University of New York, New York State, at the request of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Onyuike had worked at the New York Stock Exchange according to her biography.
According to the declaration obtained by , the US Security and Exchange Commission had asked the school to determine whether Ndi Okereke-Onyuike was ever enrolled in the Ph.D program in Business and if she received a Ph.D in Business from the school.
Courtesy The Will