The Provost of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Dr. Blessing Ijioma has stated that the interventions of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in the school have helped to reduce the incidence of corruption in the college.
Dr. Ijioma who made the claim recently during a workshop on System Study and Review organized by ICPC for members of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the college, lamented that corruption was thriving in the institution before ICPC introduced the unit.
However, the Provost who was represented at the occasion by the Deputy Provost, Dr. Godwin Nneji Okere, said that the anti-corruption activities of ICPC had impacted positively on both lecturers and students of the institution.
She said, “Before the coming of ACTU, corruption was on a free-for-all basis, however since the inauguration of ACTU, things are beginning to change for the better right from the attitudes of the students to the lecturers and management.”
Earlier in his remark, the Head of Imo State office of the Commission, Mr. Zayyana Dan Musa, stated that it was the duty of the Commission to reduce the incidence of corruption in all public institutions in Nigeria.
He added that the ICPC enabling law empowers the Commission to carry out System Study and Review of government ministries, departments and agencies with a view to blocking all avenues that would allow corruption to occur.