Tinuade Sanda: Harvard Business School Speaks on Controversy Over Former Eko Disco Boss' Studentship

Tinuade Sanda: Harvard Business School Speaks on Controversy Over Former Eko Disco Boss' Studentship

  • Tinuade Sanda, a former MD of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, had been accused of parading non-existent academic credentials
  • The former Eko Disco boss was relieved of her appointment in March 2024 following a directive from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC)
  • Legit.ng reached out to Harvard Business School over the controversy regarding the certificate(s) she (Sanda) claimed she got from there

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

Massachusetts, USA - An arm of Harvard University, Harvard Business School (HBS), has said Tinuade Sanda, the immediate past managing director (MD) of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), "did in fact attend" its institution.

HBS disclosed this to Legit.ng while responding to our inquiry.

Tinuade Sanda: Harvard Business School says former Eko Disco MD attended institution
There have been claims questioning Tinuade Sanda’s academic qualifications. Photo credit: @NeckSqueezer
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Mark Cautela, the school's head of communications in a mailed response to Legit.ng, said he can confirm that Tinuade attended Harvard Business School — "through our Executive Education programme".

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Sanda has been in the news in the past few weeks over her academic credentials.

Questions have been raised in recent media publications about her educational qualifications, which include programmes she claimed to have completed at renowned foreign tertiary institutions.

To verify her alleged past ties with Harvard Business School, Legit.ng contacted the institution to check the authenticity of her alleged training there.

Responding to our probe, Cautela said:

"I can confirm that Tinuade did in fact attend Harvard Business School, through our Executive Education program."

Another message from Hannah Nestler, the enrollment and admissions coordinator of Harvard Business School Executive Education, showed that Sanda attended a three-day executive course in 2015.

According to Nestler, Sanda received training on strategic financial analysis for business evaluation.

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Tinuade Sanda Harvard Business School record
A screenshot of Harvard Business School's response to Legit.ng's inquiry
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Legit.ng sighted a rejoinder published on April 20 via Vanguard newspaper which claimed Sanda received a certification from Harvard Business School, Executive Education in “Management Essentials” in 2023. However, the school's official response to Legit.ng did not confirm the alleged 2023 certification.

It is noteworthy that HBS Executive Education offers only non-degree programmes. Nonetheless, certificates of attendance are awarded to participants upon completion of the programme.

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Tinuade Sanda fired again

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that West Power and Gas Limited (WPG), Eko Electricity Distribution Company's primary stakeholder, announced Sanda's dismissal.

The termination was confirmed through a letter dated April 17, 2024, signed by the company's chairman, Charles Momoh.

Source: Legit.ng

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