Stella Oduah Certificate Scandal: Senate Does Not Independently Verify Documents Presented By Security Agencies, Spokesman Confirms

Stella Oduah
By SaharaReporters, New York

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the spokesperson of the Nigeria Senate, has revealed that the upper legislative chamber does not carry out independent verification of documents presented to it for nominees of the President.

Abaribe, who spoke with Saharareporters following Monday’s revelations by SaharaReporters that Aviation Minister Stella Oduah does not possess the Masters’ degree of an American university she claimed during her nomination process, said the Senate typically uses the screening done by the State Security Service and others to complete and conclude on the eligibly of ministerial nominees.

The Senator did not address the notorious political habit of the chamber, which, following widely-known wheeling and dealing that lets unqualified people into sensitive positions, simply tells nominees, “bow and go.”

A “BRIEF CITATION ON PRINCESS STELLA ADAEZE ODUAH,” presented to the Senate during the 2011 process [see accompanying document], stated that Mrs. Oduah attended St. Paul’s College Lawrenceville, in Virginia, United States, “from 1978-1982, where she bagged her first Degree in Accounting.

“On completion of her first degree, she was not lured into taking up paid employment but was determined to have the best education and at the highest level, so she immediately stayed back to study for her Masters Degree which she achieved in 1983,” the citation said, trying to underline Mrs. Oduah’s “greatness.” 

In our routine follow-up story yesterday published in the interest of the transparency and accountability that is often trumpeted by the Goodluck Jonathan government but never implemented, SaharaReporters reported it could find no evidence she ever earned such a degree, as St. Paul’s College Lawrenceville has never had a graduate programme. 

Pressed to explain the consequences of the scam, Senator Abaribe said he was unable to say what action the Senate would take as the upper legislative body, which is currently on break, will not resume until January 14.

On her part, Mrs. Oduah has yet to comment publicly on the new scandal.  In a follow-up story today, Premium Times reported that the Minister and her associates have since the publication of our story been scrambling to clean up her biographies on the Internet. 

On her personal Facebook page, for instance, she eliminated St. Paul’s College completely as her school.  Similar modifications were made to her Wikipedia page at about 14: 41 GMT today, ostensibly to remove links to interviews she personally granted where she admitted obtaining degrees from St. Pauls’ College.

Her public profile on the Nigerian Aviation website also now merely states that she obtained her Bachelors and Master’s degree from the “United States.”

 

Below is the CV Ms. Oduah presented to the Senate in 2011:

 

BRIEF CITATION ON PRINCESS STELLA ADAEZE ODUAH, OON- HONOURABLE MINISTER OF AVIATION FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah was born on the 5th of January 1962 into the Royal family of HRH, Igwe D.O Oduah, the Igwe of Akili-Ozizor in Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State. William Shakespeare wrote in one of his many literary works that “some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”. Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah was born and has achieved greatness not by any stroke of luck but through years of hard work, dedication, focus and determination. There was therefore no surprise that she rode roughshod and carved a niche for herself in a male-dominated industry.

She 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 educational development began in Anambra state where she had her primary and secondary education at St. John’s Primary School Odoakpu and Zixton Secondary School Ozubulu before proceeding to St. Paul’s College Lawrenceville from 1978-1982, where she bagged her first Degree in Accounting. On completion of her first degree, she was not lured into taking up paid employment but was determined to have the best education and at the highest level, so she immediately stayed back to study for her Masters Degree which she achieved in 1983.

Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah returned to her Fatherland in 1983 to participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC) and she was posted to NECA for her place of primary assignment. On successful completion of her National youth service she got a permanent employment with the NNPC where she worked for years before voluntarily retiring into private business. During her period of employment with NNPC, she served in different capacities and won numerous accolades and awards for excellent performance including the “THE NNPC GMD AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE”

Spurred on by her entrepreneurial abilities, Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah left the NNPC to establish her own business. This led to the birth of SEA PETROLEUM & GAS COMPANY LIMITED, a company that was to become a leading player in the Oil and Gas Industry in Nigeria. Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah nurtured this company from humble beginnings to an enviable position in local, regional and global business. The company is today a conglomerate with no fewer than 7 subsidiaries offering diverse services and providing employment for the youths and people of Nigeria.

Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah has a large philanthropic heart and is involved in numerous philanthropic initiatives some of which are provision of a farmers loan scheme in Ogbaru and Benin to enable farmers have access to soft loans, construction of schools and skill acquisition centers for orphanages and communities, scholarship schemes, construction of health centers for primary health care. The list is endless and this goes to show that Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah is and continues to be a blessing to humanity.

In recognition of her immense contribution to national, society and business development in Nigeria, Princess Stella has been honoured with numerous awards for outstanding achievements, including the National Honour of “Officer of the Order of the Niger,OON” by the Federal Government of Nigeria. There are others too numerous to mention here. She also holds membership of renowned and numerous social and business associations.

Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah has built a very successful business empire through hard work and dedication which makes her one of the foremost business personalities in Nigeria. This is a coat she wore until her recent call to National service, first as Chairman of the Board of the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN and now the HONOURABLE MINISTER OF AVIATION, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah,OON is indeed a gem of our generation and a blessing to this Country. WE BELIEVE IN HER TRANSFORMATION AGENDA FOR THE AVIATION MINISTRY !!!! CONGRATULATIONS OUR DEAR HONORABLE MINISTER.

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

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why don't you tell us the

why don't you tell us the difference between a citation and a CV....

What's the surprise with her MSc forgery? She is a dirty crook.

First let me say that the President (GEJ) earned his PhD, unlike his wife (Patience) who so much wants to be called "Doctor" that she will buy a PhD from whosoever will sell one and unlike this crook Stella who is not ashamed to lie about her Masters degree. The point is that one must be able to defend whatever education one claims and neither Stella as foolish looking as she does could not have an advanced degree. Nigerians are so much into titles that is fashionable to lie when it is not even necessary. It is OK to be appointed a minister without a masters degree so, why did she have to lie? The truth is that people like Stella will be crooked, given the opportunity, even when it is absolutely unnecessary. She did not become minister because of her education.

Stella

@Selfless, it would have been fair if you follow the story from beginning before you make any useless comment. go and read more in the premium times.

Does SH reporters know the

Does SH reporters know the difference btw a citation and a CV?. The above is a ciation written by someone about the minister as she could not have been a minister for aviation before her approval by the senate.

Does SH reporters know the

Does SH reporters know the difference btw a citation and a CV?. what you are calling a CV is a citation about the minister possibly written by somebody else.

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See yah mouth...people like you won't make naija a better place.I can't blv you re in support of such corruption.You just sold ur right out and continue to drink gaari wt epa till you enter
grave.Mumu

Stella Odua's certificate saga

hahahahahahaha; I bet that all the other fake "certificate" owners that populate our govt are busy scouring the internet to edit their published profiles to hide what they had claimed to have achieved academically and professionally. Well done SR!!

Oduah's litany of fraud goes back to her N2N days...

@Deri:
If the Senate does not investigate documents turned in to them, others do. SSS are useless goons! SaharaReporters's "Patriot Act" journalism has done their job for them, its now left to your equally fraudulent uncle, "Dr."? Dumbo, to get rid of Stella with his next Cabinet shuffle... but the coward lacks hairy balls. He's a drunkard. Mentioning Tinubu, Abdullahi Inde and other known fraudsters in his government does not obviate the urgent need for the right thing to be done, only a fellow criminal with a fake local degree would tolerate Stella Oduah's antics. Yes, the woman is my sister but has done the abominable, send her to jail like every other crook out there. Idiot. I told you 2yrs ago, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe's Ph.D thesis is displayed at the University of Pennsylvania for all eyes to read... why is Dumbo's Port harcout Degree (Ph.D) top secret document? Fool, I don't look at tribal marks before stating the truth unlike you drunken fools from the riverine. Oloshi.

Dont u know that PM an SR are

Dont u know that PM an SR are owned and controlled by another certificate forger tinubu--none will appear if the story had something to do with APC--which exist only in the mind of those who visit the web-

Just the plain truth, i rest

Just the plain truth, i rest my case.

Re: Oduah GATE - The Way To Go

Let us call a spade a spade(not a big spoon)! If indeed the University she referenced did not offer such a degree she should explain where she bagged her MBA from. Simple. SR and others will only go further to dig into her academic history if she doesn't, and you can be sure more will be revealed.

She was not alone in her primary or secondary school so if she was truly exceptional someone in the school will know. I will not be surprised if we wake up tomorrow and her SSCE result is pasted for all to see.

No one is interested in bringing anyone else down because you are x or y tribe. That she is Igbo is not an excuse for her to get away with forgery and deceit.

If Nigeria must survive, we must learn to rise above party, tribal and religious thoughts in our undertakings.

Am not unaware of the massive

Am not unaware of the massive witch-haunt against princess Oduah by some yoruba business dynasty but a good lier they say must have a very good retentive memory. MRS ODUAH DEFINITELY GOT SOME CoCKROACH IN HE CUPBOARD. HER Resume is highly questionable.
As an Anambrarian, The whole school she quoted attended was so poor for someone of her caliber and whom the family got some cash to sponsor for university abroad. The dates are so questionable. We all know no smart student of anambra extraction would attend such schools. I therefore assume that either Stella lied or that she never attended high school. QED

Wunderbar!

Next time it will be the things you did while in secondary school that will be laid bare since you have decided to be adamant,someone here has questioned your age,even mentioned the secondary school you went to and the reputation it had,am sure further digging will show who you really are,where we come from my sister,we have shame,such behavior as you display is not part of us,but rather things we observe from other people especially from the western and northern parts of our country,why have you become so bold at impunity? soon removing you from office will no longer be enough,Nigerians will demand that an example be made of you but you can also redeem yourself by letting us know all the people like you in government.

Not necessarily so. There are

Not necessarily so. There are some Masters program that are designed for one year of intensive studying. Most of those programs are Honor’s program, and are very rigorous and very intensive. I went through such a program. Trust me, it was not easy. BTW, they are not online programs.

Caught Again

This is the second scandal in less than six months after the first. "Mr Jonathan, isn't this a reflection of who you are and what your government stands for"? I will be surprised if up to 10% of people in Nigerian Government are actually genuinely educated. No wonder corruption is the order of the day. More fraudulent activities are yet to be revealed. "Sahara Reporters, keep it up".

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Guys don't be surprised that even if they check her documents at her former place of work (NNPC),she might have also submitted forged documents. Am not surprised because even our president that called himself PHD holder with some years of lecturing experience doesn't have a single academic publication on Google Scholar. You can google it and confirm yourself. They think we are fools, but they and their generations unborn will reap what they sow.

oduah's education

Her husband is a former minister, she is now a minister, Her case reminds me of Allison Madueke, does anybody expect these people to be appointed on merit.

is it not surprising that Stella Oduah born in 1962 finishes secondary school in 1978 at the age of 16 and in the same year starts a degree program at an american university. I had to wait until late September before my WAEC results were released. Did she do TOEFL before going to America .

The answer is that she was (and still is) so brilliant that she was able to do her degrees by way of a correspondence course. The first two years must have been spent in high school then she proceeded to college and obtained her degree and masters degree in record time without previously even meeting the entry requirements.

But the final question has to be ! is she performing as a minister or just the same as all the other chosen ones

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The writer of this message is very stupid and half baked person like Stella Oduah. No apology

For Those Doubting SR

For those doubting whether Stella Oduah claimed she has a Masters Degree from the same University, kindly see the full story in the Premium Times. The good thing is that they have on their site the before and after images of the web pages of her profile, as well as the time line when these changes were made. The next step is for SR and PT to use their considerable reach to get us her CV used to get the Ministerial position. And the final step is to go to her alma mater in Nigeria to determine whether she actually attended the schools she claimed and the period she was in those schools.

I am sure with the way she has scrambled to clean up her profiles on the web within the last 30 hours, she would be doing the same in her schools as well as in the Presidency.

Stella, "It's time to hear some reality", not Abdulkareem's!

It's time to hear some reality
turn up my microphone
2004, Abdulkareem, whad up

CHORUS (x2)
Nigeria jagajaga
Everything scatter scatter
Poor man dey suffer suffer
Gbosa, gbosa, gun shot inna de air..

Stella, there is an ever tightening pincer grip on you here! Why do you continue to drag your family name in the mud? You should live to fight another battle, another day. Even if you are truly patriotic, should you pay this price? What exactly is at stake in the Ministry for you? Assuming that you have genuine certificates, that BMW saga is political vendetta, do not forget, this is "JAGA JAGA" country; where citizens are unappreciative of your worth!

The reality is that the game is up! Politically, you will drag a lot of people down with major systemic political reverberation unimaginable if you hang on tenaciously! Trust me.

Is Masters in USA not 2 Years?

I thought Masters in USA should be 2 years? Can someone explain here?

Is it Oduah, Oodua or oduduwa

Well ...whatever it is, I hope there won't be another mix up with your last name ...Madam stellar!
And to you readers...
While Stellar did not specifically said she attended St. Paul for her MBA....it can be inferred that her postgraduate degree was obtained from same school in the absence of no other disclosure of a source in the same profile.
Stellar could simply clarify her source of MBA with the public. Just tell them which school you earned it...ok
Second, stellar would have to have clocked 18 to qualify on age ground for a direct undergraduate programme in an American university except she is an exceptional student. She can publish her Sch cert/WAEC result to prove this.
Third, most universities worldwide required an MBA applicant to have a minimum 2 year work experience to qualify for entry. Or did stellar mean to say MSc?
Over to you stellar...or is it stellamaris oduduwa?

After the dust settles......

The explosive piece that characterized this expose, tells me that after the dust settles, 9ja's will sadly find out this common slut never had a high school diploma in the first place let alone a bachelors degree. But in our Animal Farm, the likes of this hog,Andy Uba, Tinubu et al are living examples of the rot in our so called democracy led by an equally incompetent and inexplicably uneducated "president".

My Amiable Queen

Dis story epitomizes d frustrations of dis idiotic born to rule and their yoruba collaborators.Its an open secret dat tinubu owns SR,so they need to do his biddings.Its really unfortunate.For ur education,d highest qualification to be d president of Nigeria is primary certificate.D sixth NASS changed it to OND.Wat d hell is wrong with nigerians.A minister is nt a career civil servant so little or no qualification is required of her.Wat r d civil servants under her expected to possess if she is a PhD holder in aviatiography?Dis is junk journalism.Stella aint goin no where cos she has commited no crime.Salisu was jst stepped down as a speaker.Tinubu jst got his Phd in toronto,heavens did nt fall.D above citation seems to me like one cited on award presentation and nt senate screening.If i rememba well,portfolios were nt knwn b4 screenin.Junk journalism

Nigeria politics is becoming like yankee's, just blame someone

I observe with a lot of pain the useless way some idiots presents news or lies if I might call it so, Stella's university was not questioned by the senate of Nigeria, neither was it questioned by the security services but Sahara Reporters abi?

If news reporting has decended so low then we are all in a major problem, because if 9ja press na brown envelope and SR writers are a bunch of none analytical baboons like Buhari then problem dey well well.

this woman is a

this woman is a fraud,corrupt,and that is the kind of people jonathan wants

Wat a mess

Dis story epitomizes d frustrations of dis idiotic born to rule and their yoruba collaborators.Its an open secret dat tinubu owns SR,so they need to do his biddings.Its really unfortunate.For ur education,d highest qualification to be d president of Nigeria is primary certificate.D sixth NASS changed it to OND.Wat d hell is wrong with nigerians.A minister is nt a career civil servant so little or no qualification is required of her.Wat r d civil servants under her expected to possess if she is a PhD holder in aviatiography?Dis is junk journalism.Stella aint goin no where cos she has commited no crime.Salisu was jst stepped down as a speaker.Tinubu jst got his Phd in toronto,heavens did nt fall.D above citation seems to me like one cited on award presentation and nt senate screening.If i rememba well,portfolios were nt knwn b4 screenin.Junk journalism

Oduah

I am prayerfully hoping that Sahara reporters would cut the time it spends on investigating some members of Jonathan's cabinet that it detests into a positive endevour.It can be demonstrated that all of them belong to a particular nationality who have be vocal in its demands for self determination from Nigeria.
It will be nice if Sahara reporters would devote such energy into supporting the freedom and self actualization of that independence. If that happen, this media will earn accolades for standing for justice. it will not have the likes of Madueke, Oduah,Iwela and other of like ethnicity destroying sahara reporters ideal. Peace will reign all over and any enemy of sahara Reprters will disappear. You will build your utopia.

SADISTIC REPORTING

I can not see the claim that Oduah obtained a masters degree from St Paul's college. Sowore apologise immediately and bury your head in shame. You need a refresher course in English language.

D whole thing don tire me--it stinks with deep seated hatred 4 h

Thanks for opening our eyes to their lies--(If the above article was indeed Stella Oduah's CV as presented to the Senate in 2011, then it would be written in first person singular tone and wouldn't have ended with self congratulatory end: (Princess Stella Adaeze Oduah,OON is indeed a gem of our generation and a blessing to this Country. WE BELIEVE IN HER TRANSFORMATION AGENDA FOR THE AVIATION MINISTRY !!!! CONGRATULATIONS OUR DEAR HONORABLE MINISTER).

Or is CV written differently these days? Or she was congratulating herself before the senate okay'ed her appointment? Just wonderin--unquote
NB thanks all the same my brother-the thing don tire asll of us-this bad belle journalism-being practiced for APC

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