Leadership (Abuja)

16 May 2012

Nigeria: ICPC Vows to Wage War Against Corruption in Higher Institutions

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Wednesday in Abuja pledged to wage war against corruption in higher institutions.

The acting chairman of the commission, Mr Ekpo Nta, made the pledge while receiving the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and National Association of Polytechnic Students (NAPS) on a visit.

"There will be sectored intervention in this country in terms of corruption and the educational sector is one that will receive the attention of the commission.

"We have seen a steady decline in the education system. It is quite different from what was obtained in the olden days," he said.

The chairman said the commission was working to have anti-corruption clubs in the country's higher institutions, adding that 11 universities already had the club.

He urged the students to embrace moral reformation and to be careful in what they did, pointing out that what they did now would aspeak for them in the future.

Nta said Nigerians were not happy that students were not finding jobs when they finished their service.

He added that the commission would support the proposed economic summit the students planned to hold.

The General Secretary of NANS, Miss Patience Garos, said the association was there to collaborate with the commission in taking the anti-graft campaign to various campuses across the country.

She said NANS was ready to partner with ICPC and other relevant agencies to ensure the inclusion of anti-corruption studies in schools curriculum.

"Carrying the young Nigerians along was the practical and result-oriented way of re-orientating the minds of young Nigerians in having a corruption free society."

She said the University of Jos would soon launch the Nigerian Students Zero Tolerance for Corruption campaign and unveil anti-corruption billboards on the campus.

The National President of NAPS, Oluwole Jacob, said they were fully aware of ICPC's giant strides in institutionalising the culture of transparency, probity, accountability and integrity in public and private life.

He said the commission had proved its worth as a leading anti-corruption agency in Africa through its faultless record of achievements.

He, however, called on the commission to do more to rid the country of corruption, adding that there was a need to build a better society for the benefit of all.

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