- Prof Sola Akinrinade says the educational system in Nigeria has been affected negatively by fraud, sexual harassment and certificate forgery
- He called for detailed background checks to be carried out on those to be appointed into offices
- According to him, universities have a duty to check all the relevant documents of the teaching and non-teaching staff, their academic background and the moral behaviour of their students
Fraud, sexual harassment and certificate forgery have been identified as some of the factors affecting the development of the educational system in Nigeria, by the provost of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission Academy, Prof Sola Akinrinade.
Akinrinade made the disclosure at a symposium organised in honour of the outgoing vice chancellor of Bowen University, Prof Mathews Ojo, Punch reports.
Legit.ng gathers that he called on governing councils of Nigerian universities and other tertiary institutions to ensure that detailed background checks are always carried out on those to be appointed into offices, in order to avoid damaging the credibility of the institutions.
He said: “If you appoint people who lack integrity to important offices, they will ruin the institutions and the lives of the people there. Appoint people who can be trusted with the responsibilities of guarding resources, lives of people and ensuring that the products of their institutions can raise their heads and shoulders with pride anywhere in the world.
“The challenges facing the university system are many. They include sexual harassment, corruption, fraud, certificate forgery and other vices. They are killing the educational system of the country.
“The responsibility of the universities is to ensure that they check all the relevant documents of the teaching and non-teaching staff, their academic background and the moral behaviour of their students. This, with the support of stakeholders, will restore sanity to the system."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari admonished Nigeria universities to ensure they stamp out all forms of academic and financial corruption, social vices and sexual harassment in the institutions.
The president said such vices have continued to tarnish the reputation of Nigeria's education system.
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