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Academy to partner universities, institutions on anti-corruption

06 July 2015, 21:26

Abuja - The Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN) on Monday pledged to partner with Nigerian Universities and other institutions to curb corruption and restore integrity in the education sector.

Prof. Sola Akinrinade, the Provost of ACAN stated this in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a national workshop on Academic Integrity for Nigerian Universities organised by the academy.

He said that the workshop was to fashion out ways to curb corruption in the Nigerian higher education system.

According to him, doubts have been raised about the extent to which the qualification being paraded by the graduates of our institutions are true reflections of their abilities and achievements.

Also read: Buhari promises head-on fight against corruption

"Corruption in any form is unacceptable. However, corruption in our tertiary institutions now strikes at the very heart of the future of the country.

"Findings of a pilot study of corruption in three of our universities by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) are worrisome, reflecting infractions in various areas.

"This workshop will focus on what has gone wrong, and how we can retrieve our system from the throes and pains inflicted upon it by corruption,” he said.

In his remark, Prof. Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC) said that the theme of the workshop was timely considering the need to educate and shape the lives of Nigerian youths.

He said that the focus of the workshop was an excellent reflection of the fundamental need for transparency and accountability in Nigerian universities. 



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