Corrupt practices commission targets universities

The acting chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Ekpo Nta, has said it is set to purge Nigeria’s university system of the menace of corruption with the collaboration of the National Universities Commission, writes Favour Nnabugwu for Vanguard.

The ICPC said that in the face of petitions from students, members of staff, unions and other stakeholders alleging all manner of corrupt practices and abuses in most tertiary institutions, it could no longer fold its arms and watch the system sink deeper into rot.

Nta said some of the abuses were in admission processes, conduct of examinations, appointments and promotion of staff and manipulation and falsification of academic records such as transcripts. Also reported are sexual harassment and victimisation of applicants, plagiarism by students and staff, delay or non-payment of gratuities and pension to pensioners, and non-adherence to bidding processes in the awarding of contracts.
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