-Corruption can only be defeated when addressed holistically.
The Nigerian government has taken steps to clamp down on operators of illegal institutions within the country, shutting down 21 of such illegal universities as well as fake National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camps across the country.
Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, made this known during a one-day interactive seminar for religious leaders held in Kebbi State.
The ICPC boss was represented at the event by Jimoh Bulus Mai, ICPC Sokoto Office Officer.
Speaking on the seminar’s theme: ‘Corruption is a sin against God and a crime against humanity, reject it’, the ICPC boss noted that a combination of enforcement, prevention and public enlightenement should be used in tackling corruption in the land.
“To effectively address the pervasive nature of corruption in the society, the commission adopted a holistic approach to combating corruption, through the combination of enforcement, prevention and public education strategies.”
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“We closed 21 illegal degree awarding institutions and fake NYSC camps across Nigeria. We are prosecuting their proprietors now,” he said.
The commission will continue to create avenues to engage and enlighten religious leaders on ICPC Act 2000 in order to challenge them to make positive impact on anti-graft war in Nigeria, the commission also revealed.