American university disowns Stella Oduah on Masters degree claim

Stella Oduah

Mrs Oduah continues to claim through the website that she has a Masters degree although she wouldn’t say from which university.

The institution where Stella Oduah, Nigeria’s Aviation minister, obtained her Masters degree continues to be shrouded in  mystery as St. Paul’s College, the American university where she is believed to have received certificate, has denied awarding such honours.

The school, however, confirmed that Ms. Oduah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (with Accounting concentration) in 1982 from the institution.

“We only confer undergraduate degrees. We did not confer graduate degree to anyone,” said Helen Jackson, the school’s Registrar, in a telephone response to PREMIUM TIMES enquiries on Thursday.

Repeated efforts by PREMIUM TIMES to reach Joe Obi, Mrs. Oduah’s Special Assistant on Media, since the news of his principal’s questionable qualifications broke have not been successful.

Hours after the news broke that she had been economical with the truth about her academic qualifications, the embattled minister and her associates scrambled to clean up her biographies on the internet.

Ms. Oduah’s biography on the website of the Ministry of Aviation was revised, with references to St. Paul’s College wiped out.

All links and reference materials on the internet, including on the minister’s personal website, linking her to St. Paul’s College were reviewed to remove any reference to the institution.

In an apparent response to the outrage that greeted the minister’s latest scandal, the Federal Ministry of Aviation pulled down Ms. Oduah’s profile from its website on Thursday afternoon.

However, by 8 p.m Thursday evening, our reporter observed that the profile was put back on again, although it had since been edited to remove all references to St. Paul’s College.

Mrs Oduah continues to claim through the website that she has a Masters degree although she wouldn’t say from which university.


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  • Rico

    Is this the only minister in the cabinet? she is a disgrace to the hardworking and well educated Ndigbos, i am sure she is the least candidate Dr Jonathan can find from all the honourable and dignified people from Igboland, i wonder why she had to include all those degree/titles in her CV as there is no requirement that she must have a masters to be qualified for a ministerial post, it seems like she is obsessed with titles and the arrogant attitude in her does not allow her to realize when the game is up and apologize to her kinsmen and Nigerians at large, instead she kept sponsoring internet warriors and support groups to the detriment of all, one scandal after the other and it all relates to corruption and abuse of office, i wonder if there is any dignity and honour left in her.

    • Oleku

      Tinubu forged his certificate–he never passed his waec–Stella at least got a first degree–let her be or if you have any case of her breaching her oath of office bring it up–degrees don’t perform, people do–go to our airports and see her good works yourself–don’t tell me car scandal–those cars are not her personal property–they are official vehicles for the ministry–Yes she gave Igbos international airport–deal with it.

      • Rico

        You’ve lost it, you don’t have any reasonable point, are you not the ethnic bigot? yeah! we’ve seen the airports, it sure stood up to international standard with no functional toilets, did you think you are talking to a bushman? you always think people envies when they point out the wrong doings, you are wrong, very wrong because you never see anything wrong with immorality, and that speaks volumes about you, use another plot, this doesn’t work.

        • prince adetide

          @Rico my man, we are on the same platform here and I’m sure you are speaking from abroad, some of us who have been away for a while in a developed communities wonder if one day our dear nation will be well. When my friends and family started telling me about Abuja, they sold it to me that I would be proud to be a Nigerian, I was excited until when I landed there and no train, not metro in a capital of a 21st Century country. You see, we have a long way to go. Former Mayor of London, Ken Living Stone have no university degree, former British Deputy Prime Minister, 2jags, had no University Degree, they were spot on in their offices, but Nigerians must just lie about everything with nothing for nothing! Sick!

  • Afam

    @Pt keep on editing and updating….when you run out of lies ,we will know For now is your time to manipulate gullible minds..So far she did not submit the certificate for clearance at the NASS …Keep your lies to your sponsors..

    • prince adetide

      You Igbo people are just so stupid! I mean real stupid with approval lol Why cant you for once tell your own off if he or she blows it. We know you guys are like secret society but at least be brave once in while to call it as it is! No lesson from Biafra war?

  • bazz

    This yoruba editor–stop d lies lies lies lies–less that of tinubu just bazz off –9jas are getting sick and tired of these lies

  • deri

    Pacific Christian University in the database might be Hope International University in Fullerton which she believed used to be known as Pacific Christian College. so what is these bad belle journalism about–how did the said agency depict the honorary doctorate degree as fake–how pls told us biko–