ICPC Inaugurates Anti-corruption Body In ACE
ADEYEMI College of Education (ACE), Ondo, and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have identified tertiary education as a potent tool in the war against corruption in the country.
Chairman of ICPC, Ekpo Nta, represented by the Head of ACTU, Assistant Commissioner Kuatsea Justin, made this assertion during the inauguration ceremony of the Anti-corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) in ACE campus.
Speaking at the event, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Ogen, noted that corruption has ravaged the nation and adversely affected all spheres of desired development.
According to him: “The college as a microcosm of the larger society cannot, therefore, isolate itself from the collective resolve to stand against all forms of corrupt practices to give Nigeria a good name.
“It needs to be emphasised that corruption is not limited to bribery, but also encompasses all forms of behaviour and attitude such as extortion, examination malpractice and others that are deemed improper, illegal and negate all acceptable social norms.”
“We are all responsible for what our college, immediate society or Nigeria as a whole has turned out to be. It is our collective responsibility to remove the stigma by making concerted efforts to resist all forms of corruption,” he said.
The Provost pledged the institution’s commitment to ACTU, saying the school authority will ensure that all necessary machinery is put in place to enable the unit function properly.
He disclosed that the unit would be empowered to organise lectures, seminars and workshops on corruption, its consequences and punishment for engaging in corrupt practices as occasion demands.
ICPC’s boss, Ekpo Nta, said ICPC recognises the crucial role played by the education sector in instilling good ethical values in the youths.
“This partnership, he said has yielded positive results like the development of National Values Curriculum (NVC), which has been introduced in the primary and secondary schools, to inculcate values like honesty and integrity in the pupils.”
Inducting the six-man committee member of the unit with Mrs. Omolabake Akindehin as chairman, Kuatsea listed the duties, tenure and operations of the body in the college.