Zaaradio.com investigations have revealed that one of the assistant
lecturers at the Faculty of Communications and Media Studies at the
University for Development Studies (UDS) in Nyankpala has been
teaching with a alleged fake certificate awarded by an unaccredited
private University in Kampala, Uganda.
Abdul-Rashid Gbambu who teaches videography at level 400 claims he
holds a Diploma in Master of Science in Media and Communication
Studies awarded by Stafford University in Kampala in 2020.
Our checks however indicate that the license of Stafford University was
revoked since November 30, 2018 till date, following irregularities in
admissions and graduations detected by the Tertiary Education
Regulator in Uganda, the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE)
On the NCHE website, Stafford University is listed at Number Three (3)
out of seven (7) private universities whose licenses were revoked. On its
Public Notice, the NCHE in Uganda advised the general public against
enrolling into the seven listed universities since their certificates would
not be recognized.
Stafford University was established in 2015 and given a provisional
license to operate but after just three years of operation, the NCHE
revoked their license and closed down the university.
Further checks by our news team indicate that Stafford university did
not offer a Diploma in Master of Science in Communication and Media at
the post graduate level at the time of its legal operation as claimed by
Mr. Gbambu in his certificate.
UDS is currently on a break but attempts to reach the university
relations officer proved futile. Abdul Hayu Moomin, the university
relations officer, who initially agreed to speak on the matter, did not pick
his calls at the agreed time. Subsequent calls we made to him were also
not answered. Also, efforts to reach Abdul-Rashid Gbambu proved
unsuccessful, as he also did not return our text messages.
It is unclear what the response of the university would be, but sources
Closed to the registry indicates the university’s attention has been drawn
to the matter.
Fake university degrees have been an issue in some of the leading public
tertiary institutions in Ghana. Earlier this year, the C. K. Tedam University
of Technology and Applied Sciences in Navrongo sacked one ‘Dr.’ Michael
Adusei Boadu for allegedly faking his academic certificates and ordering
him to pay all salary and allowances paid him for the one year that he
served as Senior Assistant Registrar. The UDS has also sacked some
lecturers in the past for faking academic degrees.