Did embattled Minister of Aviation, Ms. Stella Oduah, deliberately pad up her educational qualifications or is she the victim of high-wired orchestrated moves to remove her office? This and many more will be the question on the lips of many as her integrity has come under public scrutiny once again following the denial by a United States school which supposedly awarded her a Masters’ Degree, that it does not award post-graduate degrees.
Her resume, which she presented to the 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 a report by SaharaReporters has revealed that the college has never in its 125-year history had a graduate school or graduate program.
According to SaharaReporters while making inquiries, the Provost Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Vice President of Institutional Development said, “We don’t offer any graduate programs here”.
It also said the school’s website does not expressly make mention of graduate degrees.
“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”, the website read.
Oduah’s documentation shows she received an undergraduate degree in accounting from the college in 1982, but Dr. Claud Flythe, St. Paul’s current president, could neither confirm nor deny this during a phone conversation with SaharaReporters. Further verification with the Office of Alumni Affairs is also currently impossible, according to the online news medium because the college has been closed since June 2013 to loss of its accreditation.
“[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 at the time of filing this report, the minister was yet to respond to this latest round of allegation against her.