By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
IN its bid to strengthen institutions to perform robustly, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Thursday said the agency is set to ensure active collaboration in partnership with the Association of Registrars of Nigeria Universities (ARNU) with a view to restore and protect the integrity of universities in the country.
Accordingly, the agency said” We would not hesitate to prosecute any public officer that loot the public treasury.”
Mr Ibrahim Magu, he Commission Chairman assured in Sokoto during the 14th retreat and 67th business meeting of the Association at the auditorium of the Sokoto State University.
The theme of the retreat was “Strengthening Educational Academic Integrity Role of University Administrators.
Acknowledging the need for the synergy, Mao noted that Registrars were the chief administrators of universities saddled with the basic and fundamental responsibilities of directing, coordinating, controlling, planning and supervising the work of all non-teaching staff and therefore, said “no any corrupt act would succeed without the help of an administrative staff of the university.
“Therefore your actions and inactions may no doubt reflect in the university system and the society,” he said
The Commission’s Boss represented by the Director, Organisational Support of the agency, Dr Aminu Ibrahim Gusau further observed that corrupt practices in Nigeria’s education system had grossly reduced the confidence of international aid organizations to offer more assistance to universities.
“We must change the narrative. We must ensure we conduct ourselves in good manners at all times. We must; not plagiarize, employ competent hands, not inflate contracts, account for funds, and above all lead by example,” he advised.
Speaking, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal tasked universities on innovative concepts and ideas that could evolve better avenues of boosting revenue generation.
Earlier in his brief remarks, Mr John Nnbuihe, President of the Association said the meeting would add greater impetus to the administration and management of universities in the country.
” It will convincingly add value to administrative operational chain towards sustained system discipline in all areas of responsibilities regarding finances, management and capacity building in universities”, he noted