Corruption is a hydra-headed monster that threatens the growth of any economy which aspires to make its mark among the comity of nations.
This was the submission of the Vice Chancellor, Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko when he played host to the Zonal Head, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) Port harcourt Office, Mr. Ndu Okparaibea on April 10, 2014 in his office at Otuoke.
Prof. Aluko who said he has zero tolerance for fraud and corruption expressed determination to ensure that the dreaded monster does not raise its ugly head in the new University.
The University boss told his visitors that the Institution is contending with any act that will be inimical to the image of the new Institution, especially corrupt practices.
The Vice Chancellor who decried the level of corruption in the country blamed banks as the major conduit of corruption urging all anti-graft agencies to thoroughly scrutinize banks and their transactions to fish out economy looters.
Speaking on the purpose of the visit, the Zonal Head, ICPC, Port harcourt Office, Ndu Okparaibea thanked the VC for the reception noting that the visit will establish a cordial relationship between the two institutions of government.
Okparaibea who said the anti-corruption body is working round the clock to stem corruption in Nigeria appealed to the VC to establish an Anti-corruption transparency monitoring Unit (ACTM) in the University.
The zonal head of ICPC who said the body is a self cleansing mechanism noted that the essence is to check corrupt practices in the Institution and report to ICPC accordingly.
Mr Okparaibea emphasized that within the ACTM Unit in F.U Otuoke, the benefits will be enormous to the University including easy liaison between the school and ICPC if need for investigations into corruption practice should arise. He also urged the VC to inaugurate an Anti-corruption vanguard which he said is an advocacy club against corruption for students in the University positing that the body will always enlighten students on the dangers of corruption, examination malpractice and other related social vices prevalent in the nation’s tertiary Institutions.
The Zonal Head of the Anti-graft agency noted that the fight against corruption is a collective responsibility pointing out the scope of ICPC which include; receiving petitions, Investigation and Prosecution of offenders, fostering support from the public and review of corruption prone system as well as making recommendations.
Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission was inaugurated on September 29th, 2000 while the bill establishing it was passed into law in June 13th, 2000.