Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Why Buhari extended crusade against corruption to academic institutions

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President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week extended the ongoing fight against corruption to nation’s education sector to demand for accountability in the administration of academic institutions.

This, he said, has become imperative to address corrupt practices in the institutions.

He said that corruption in education sector had continued to undermine investments.

The president stated this while declaring open the Fourth National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.

The Summit was organised 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.

Mr Buhari expressed concern over the manifestation of various forms of corruption in the education sector.

He presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday where the Council endorsed the 2023 budget proposal for onward presentation to the National Assembly.

Mr Buhari also on Wednesday hosted Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa, where he pledged to address three major requests tabled by the governor with “promptness and immediacy.”

The President also met behind closed doors with former President Goodluck Jonathan, immediately after his engagement with Mr Diri.

The agenda of the meeting between the president and Jonathan, also an indigene of Bayelsa, was unknown to newsmen as at the time of filing this report.

Also on Wednesday, the Presidency dismissed accusations on social media by presidential candidate of the Labour Party’s Peter Obi claims that some of his supporters, known as “Obidients”, have been “silently arrested” were unfounded.

A source in the State House, who spoke under condition of anonymity, said both the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, and the State Security Service, SSS, have officially confirmed that no such arrests whatsoever had been effected.

According to the source, neither “silent arrests”, nor for that matter “open arrests” – have been made of any of Obi’s supporters.


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