Kuni Tyessi, Abuja
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) has called for the introduction of anti-corruption courses for all university undergraduates.
The acting Chairman of the commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu, advocated the curricula on anti-corruption during his courtesy visit on the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Adamu Rasheed.
Magu also disclosed that the commission would from January 2018 till the next 10 years sponsor up to 20 PhD researches on any aspect of corruption.
He said: â€œThe EFCC wants NUC to lead in the introduction of anti corruption curricula in all Nigerian universities to be taken by all fresh undergraduate students regardless of course or discipline, â€œthe EFCC boss said.
â€œWhether one is studying accounting or building engineering, food sciences or marine biology, political science or pharmacy, being exposed to a rigorous and evidence based knowledge of corruption and its consequences on polity and economy as well as individual self esteem would be beneficial to the nation, the community and individual,â€ Magu added.
He said his commission would also support the publication of manuscripts relevant to the teaching of the anti corruption course.
Speaking on the fight against corruption, Magu said the commission wants everybody to join in the fight, adding that the university system was very important and that the youth remains their target.
â€œWe want everybody to join in the fight against corruption, because the university system is very important and we want to target the youth because they are the beneficiaries of whatever we are doing which is better life for the next generationâ€ He explained.
â€œI am not saying the NUC has not been fighting corruption but I want to intensify the fightâ€
â€œOur request is course units that will address the fight against corruption.â€
The Executive Secretary of NUC, said the commission was very prepared and would soon commence a proper consultation with academics and critical stakeholders and other specialists on the best way the curricula on the fight against corruption can be put together.