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
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.
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"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.