The Vice Chancellor of University of Maiduguri in Borno State, Professor Aliyu Shugaba has stated that the management, staff and students of the University are committed to working with the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) in achieving a university environment free from all vestiges of corruption.
Professor Shugaba, who disclosed this during the inauguration of the ACTU, recently organized by the Borno State office of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), stressed that the university community would continue to exploit the principles of transparent management provided by the Unit for the betterment of achieving a very clean university education.
The VC described ACTU as an in-house mechanism for corruption prevention and a veritable tool in the fight against corrupt practices and other related offences, thereby helping in improving the university’s performance and enhancing adherence to the tenets of accountability and transparency in its day-to-day businesses.
Shugaba utilised the opportunity given by the occasion to also call on the Unit members to work as a team to realise its mandate and he gave assurances of the university’s commitment to support ACTU; adding that it was ready to develop the ACTU’s capacity.
Delivering his address during the event, the Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner (RACC) of ICPC Borno State office, Mr. Sakaba Ishaku, congratulated the newly inaugurated ACTU members and further asked them to see their appointment as a call to serve the people and complement the efforts of the ICPC in achieving a corruption-free Nigeria.
Mr Ishaku stated that ICPC and other anti-corruption agencies might not be everywhere to address prevalent acts of corruption; hence the call for public partnership; adding that ACTU members should live above board in the discharge of their assigned responsibilities.
Responding on behalf of other ACTU members, its Chairman, Professor Sule Tagi, thanked the Commission and the university management for finding them worthy of the noble task, and promised to be diligent and committed to the task ahead.