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70 illegal universities discovered in Nigeria

10 May 2013, 11:05

Abuja- An investigation by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has established the existence of about 70 illegal universities in Nigeria.

Ekpo Nta, chairman of the country's anti-corruption agency, said ICPC would ruthlessly 'deal with the 67 culprits, who violated the country's laws by operating unregistered universities.

 He said people were aware of such corruption but were not reporting the culprits to the law enforcement agencies.

 "In shaping national consciousness positively, ICPC has designed programmes to help in checkmating corruption in the country by supporting and acknowledging the highly effective and strategic socialization role literature and writers have played and also novel ideas that will enrich  the fight against corruption,"  Nta said.

Nta pledged the commission's commitment to work with stakeholders to combat corruption in education.

 "In partnership with the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), we have developed and infused core-values into schools curricula for teaching ethics and civics in our primary and secondary schools including Teachers' Guides thereto.

"ICPC has formed anti-corruption clubs in secondary schools and anti-corruption vanguards in tertiary institutions," Nta said.

He said ICPC had established Anti-Corruption Monitoring Units (ACTUS) in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) including the Nigerian universities aimed at putting an end to increasing corruption.

- CAJ News


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