Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN) has started working with the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Board of Technical Education (NABTE) to introduce anti-corruption studies in the curriculum of all tertiary institutions in the country.
According to the NUC, Nigeria currently has 43 federal universities, 48 state and 79 universities across the country. The NBTE has accredited 83 polytechnics which include federal, states and private polytechnics.
On the other hand, the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has 83 colleges of education in its care across the country.
The head of ACAN, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, while speaking at the University of Calabar International Conference Center, at the 20th Bassey Andah memorial lecture, said there is need for attitudinal change by Nigerians, adding that this can only come through sustained enlightenment of the citizenry, beginning with teaching the young people in higher institutions on the vagaries of corruption.
“The foundation of long-term sustainable war against corruption and development of the country laid in attitudinal change. Enlightenment promotes attitudinal change and in turn, encourages prevention,” he stated.
He stressed the fact that the cost of enforcement, including cost of investigations and prosecution relative to the value of recoveries, point squarely to the need to take corruption prevention seriously.