The anti-grafts agency the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has disclosed that the commission has canvassed for the introduction of anti-corruption crusade course into the country’s varsity curriculum.
That the Commission proposed anti-corruption course is aimed at preventing corrupt practices.
That the educational sector was germane to winning the war against corruption in addition to reinventing Nigeria’s cherished value systems across all board.
The Commission added that the Nigeria University Commission, NUC is a critical partner in its quest to reach out to all youths in the country as part of the anti-graft strategy.
The Commission Acting Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Magu, stated this that he has advocated for the introduction and implementation.
Ibrahim Magu, stated this through a circulated-statement by the EFCC’s spokesman, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, that the Commission also promised to sponsor anti-corruption research works at doctorate (PhD) level for the next 10 years.
During a courtesy visit to the National Universities Commission (NUC) headoffice in Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja on Tuesday, the statement disclosed.
He categorically said, “From January 2018, the EFCC will sponsor up to 20 PhD researchers on any aspect of corruption every year for the next 10 years.
“We shall also support the publication of research papers relevant to the teaching of anti-corruption courses,” Magu stated.
“We believe that university students constitute a strategic target of anti-corruption training and awareness raising activities, as they will become tomorrow’s managers,” he said.
“The NUC has a vital role to play as it can assist us at the EFCC to extend our anti-corruption message to the universities.
“We need to sensitise youths to the ills of corruption so that they will not be tools in hands of corrupt politicians,” he said.
Also at the visit, the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria University Commission, NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, commended the Commission’s boss for the initiative.
Rasheed said, “This interaction will go a long way in re-positioning our country and the university system.”
That Nigeria was where it was today because of corruption, he added that the country might not get to the Promised Land unless everybody began to do things right.
He also acknowledged the efforts of the anti-graft agency in arresting and prosecuting fraudsters operating illegal institutions and using same to defraud Nigerians.