NYSC NEWS | ICPC uncovers, closed illegal varsities, NYSC camps – The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offices Commission (ICPC), Ekpo Nta, says the Commission has uncovered and closed about 21 illegal universities and fake NYSC camps across the country.
He maintained that the action of the Commission was to protect the integrity of the country.
Nta said this on Thursday, in Birnin-Kebbi, during the one-day interactive seminar for religious leaders in Kebbi State.
The ICPC boss while speaking on the seminar theme “Corruption is a sin against God and a crime against humanity, reject it”, noted that the Commission had adopted a holistic approach to combat corruption.
His words, “To effectively address the pervasive nature of corruption in society, the Commission adopts a holistic approach to combating corruption through the combination of implementation, prevention and public education strategies.”
The ICPC Chairman explained that to ensure prevention and public enlightenment, the Commission embarked on integrity outreach programs.
“We closed 21 illegal degree-awarding institutions and fake NYSC camps across Nigeria,. We are prosecuting their owners now. ”
Nta, represented by the ICPC Sokoto Office Officer, Mr. Jimoy Paul Mai, did not disclosure the number of the institution closed, added that the Commission embarked on interactive forum for religious leaders to enlighten them on ICPC Act 2000 and challenge them to make positive impacts on anti-graft war in Nigeria.
He appealed to religious leaders in the country to preach moral values, implications of corruption while addressing their followers.
In his speech, Head, Education Department, ICPC, Abuja, Mohammed Ashiru, said that Islam rejected corruption in all forms, saying “His noble Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has warned of severe punishment against corrupt people both on this earth and in the hereafter “.
Former Chair of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mr. Ahuche Peter, in his presentation, lamented that despite many mosques, churches throughout Nigeria, corruption continued to wax stronger.
“It is not enough to be ranting about the social ills in Nigeria. We must make a transition from academic exercise and start organising and impacting others. All it takes to start is a few people with a mission and vision “.
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