The Ministry of Justice, an institution responsible to seek justice for citizens, has allegedly employed an expelled student of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) as its comptroller General.
An investigation conducted by the Daily Observer Newspaper established that Mr. Kokulo Borvor, the current Comptroller-General of the Ministry of Justice, was expelled as a student from AMEU but has reportedly presented a faked academic credential claiming to have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the university in 2017.
The Justice Ministry without further investigation accepted Mr. Borvor’s fake credential and allowed him served as its controller general heading all the institution’s financial sector.
The investigation has also established that Mr. Borvor previously worked with the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) as Comptroller-General using the same academic history.
Mr. Borvor’s Civil Servants Form he presented to the LDEA, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer with payroll number 16-19-161-0112, shows that he acquired a BBA, [A AC] in 2017 from the African Methodist University.
A source at the Ministry of Justice has informed this newspaper that even though Mr. Borvor has told the Justice Ministry that he is a graduate of AMEU, he has no documents to prove his claims, adding that “There is no document in his possession to prove that he is a graduate of that institute, but he is still serving as Comptroller-General for integrity institution like the Ministry of Justice.”
Borvor’s expulsion letter signed by the institution’s Interim President, Alvin E. Attah on October 1, 2020, says “After an investigation, Mr. Kokulo S. Borvor ID#1714514 is expelled based on academic fraud.”
Before his expulsion, Borvor was already serving as Comptroller-General at the LDEA, still claiming to be a graduate of the AME University.
Not only Borvor was expelled, but four other instructors who aided and abetted the frauds were fired.
“It has been established through the finding of the special investigative panel set up to investigate a case of an alleged Academic fraud in the university that you colluded with staffs of the department of admission, record, and registration to falsify grades in your favor to be awarded academic credentials from the University,” teh expulsion letter says.
The letter also states: “The above act is unacceptable of a student enrolled at the AME University where degrees are awarded based on character, learning, and honesty. By the rules and regulations guiding students’ conduct in the AME University, this act of dishonesty constitutes serious misconduct, which is punishable by expulsion.”
The institution further wrote that “Accordingly, you are hereby expelled from the AME University. However, in line with the students’ handbook provisions, you may elect to take advantage of appealing to the University’s Ombudsman with appropriate legal representation within ten days of the date of this letter.”
However, reporters wrote an official communication to the office of admission requesting the institution to verify Mr. Brovor’s academic information, but the institution replied that “Based on our policy of confidentiality, we cannot disclose personal information regarding the subject without his acquiescence.”
Recently, AME University became a center of a controversy where Environmental Protection Agency Deputy Executive Director, Randall M. Dobayou, was at the center of public argument for a questionable academic standing.
There was also an investigation indicating that Dobayou was expelled from AMEU in 2012 because of “Unruly behavior” that violated a provision of the University student’s handbook.
Dobayou, presenting his CV for vetting after his appointment, told the committee he graduated from the AMEU in 2013 with a bachelor degree in Sociology and minoring in Political Science.
After lot of pressure from the Media, Dobayou told the public through a radio interview that he did not complete his curses for graduation but in 2020 he was issued an academic transcript and a letter of attestation to pursue postgraduate studies in the United States.
“With the institution not been able to provide information on academic criminals, it has given more room to others to keep robbing the system academically, which is not good for a Christian institution that claims to be providing quality education for Liberians,” a source at the Justice Ministry told Daily Observer.
Our source said, “even though Mr. Borvor is saying he graduated from AMEU, up to now there is no information on his file, and that only shows that someone within the system keeping him for reason best known to the person.”
On Tuesday, there were two calls made followed by a message to Madam Maude M. Somah, Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, but she failed to respond to any.
The text reads: My name is Hannah N. Geterminah, Daily Observer reporter. I am investigating an allegation involving Mr. Kokulo Borvor, Ministry of Justice Comptroller- General, and I need clarity from your office. According to my investigation, Mr. Borvor was expelled from AME University but he had presented an academic credential claiming to have graduated from the University and is currently attending its undergraduate program. I was able to establish that even though Mr. Borvor is saying he graduated from AMEU; he has no document on the record to prove his claims. I am kindly requesting your institution to provide information about his educational background.
If there were any ills to affect Liberia’s post-war recovery, academic fraud plays a greater role in that. Sex for grades, commercialization of education, erections of mushroom schools for money making and others constitute much of what affect the education system today in Liberia.