Two Turkish schools in Nigeria have changed their names, following the coup attempt in that country three months ago. The schools have now expunged the name ‘Turkish’ from their names, in view of their involvement in the coup as alleged by the Turkish government. This is as the Turkish embassy in Nigeria has announced that about four Nigeria students on doctorate degree programs, would be deported before the end of this week because of alleged irregularities in their documentations and entry papers.
However, a member of the House of Representatives, Raphael Nnana Igbokwe, has lampooned the Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, for registering schools bearing the name of Turkish government without getting clearance from the country.
Vanguard reports that the Nigerian-Turkish International School in Abuja had been changed to Nigerian Tulips International College, while the Nigeria Turkish Nile University had been changed to Nigeria Nile University.
The Turkish government had asked the Federal government to shut down Turkish schools in the country after the coup that took place in Turkey about July this year, claiming that they were owned by the Gulien movement, labelled a terrorist group, but the request was turned down. Disclosing the alleged change of name of Turkish schools in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja, Nnanna Igbokwe who represents Ahiazu/Ezinihitte Mbaise Federal Constituency of Imo State, said the sudden change of names of the schools had become an issue of grave concern, especially as the Turkish government had accused the schools of breeding terrorist groups.
He said the Turkish government had disowned ownership of the schools, wondering why the Nigeria regulatory agency saddled with the registration of companies and establishments did not do proper checks before registering the schools.
He said: “Ordinarily, with the name Nigerian Turkey or Turkey International School, one will presume that the school is owned by the government of Turkey or has the support or backing of the government of Turkey. “But the schools have has now exposed, with the Turkish government and the embassy coming out to say that they don’t have any input or any stake in them, neither did they give consent or approval for the name of Turkey to be used. “Then, the fundamental question now becomes, where were our regulatory agencies, especially the Corporate Affairs Commission? Where did they turn their eyes when they approved that name?