President Muhammadu Buhari has said corruption in the education sector has undermined government’s efforts and investments over the years
The President, who declared open the Fourth National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector at the State House, noted the federal government alone cannot bear the cost of funding education due to declining resources.
The Summit was organized by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Office of Secretary to Government of the Federation (OSGF) and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The President expressed concern on the manifestation of various forms of corruption in the education sector.
President Buhari commended the ICPC for investigating and prosecuting sexual harassment as abuse of power in educational institutions.
President Buhari expressed satisfaction of the work done so far by the ICPC through its investigation some of the alleged corrupt cases in many universities across the country, encouraging the commission to continue in the fight against corruption.
He added that government will continue to fund education but stakeholders in the sector should advocate for transparency and be accountable in the amount generated.
In his remarks, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the education sector had steadily assumed a pariah status because of corruption that erodes values and resources, noting that education had become an enabler of corruption, instead of a tool for reforms and molding character.
President Buhari was presented with an award of Anti-Corruption Icon by the Chairman and Board of the ICPC.
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