ICPC Discovers 67 Illegal Universities

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta has announced the discovery of 67 illegal universities in Nigeria.

He made the disclosure yesterday while presenting a paper on “Corruption and National Security” at the 22nd Annual International Conference on African Literature and English Language (ICALEL) at the University of Calabar.

Underlining the role of the ICPC in promoting national security, he said the equation was quite simple: “If we agree that corruption breeds insecurity, then it goes without saying that whatever we do in ICPC should be seen in the light of promoting national security.”

He said the commission would deal with the operators of those universities in line with the law of the land, regretting that “some persons in the society who are aware of such corruption have decided to keep quiet because they feel it cannot be handled”.

On the symbiotic relationship between corruption and national security, the ICPC chairman pointed out that that it prevents good governance, sustainable growth and development.  He stressed that corruption promotes unemployment, low direct foreign investment, and a poor national image, and threatens the territorial integrity of a nation if corrupt officials do not ensure compliance with immigration, customs and excise laws and requirements.

“Corruption thrives in situations where there is little or no transparency in decision-making processes,” he said.  “Wherever public officials occupying positions that confer major economic or social benefits, enjoy wide discretionary powers with little or no accountability, there is tremendous opportunity for corruption.”

Towards shaping national consciousness positively, he disclosed that his commission has designed programmes to help in checkmating corruption in the country by supporting the highly effective and strategic socialization role literature and writers have played and also novel ideas that will enrich the fight against corruption.

“ICPC is involved in detection, investigation, enforcement, preventive and education and enlightenment functions in the fight against corruption,” he said, saying the commission has established Anti-corruption Monitoring Units (ACTUs) in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), including the universities.

Furthermore, Mr. Nta stated that the commission is actively involved in system study and the review of corruption-prone processes in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, and proffering and enforcing new processes and procedures.  ICPC, in collaboration with the National Universities Commission (NUC), is currently reviewing corruption-prone processes in all the universities, he said.

Similarly, he said the commission, in partnership with the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), has developed and infused core-values into schools curricula for teaching ethics and civics in primary and secondary schools, including Teacher's Guides.  

To that end, he disclosed that that the commission has formed anti-corruption clubs in secondary schools and anti-corruption vanguards in tertiary institutions.

“We shall continue to collaborate with the academia to reposition our society positively,” he said, challenging his audience as individuals to help sustain the fight against corruption through literary products which is now gaining worldwide audiences courtesy of film and social media. “We are prepared to assist in supporting Writers' workshops in the area of corruption, good governance and integrity.”

Mr. Nta said the “ICPC was at the conference for two major reasons.

The first was to support and acknowledge the highly effective and strategic socialization role literature and writers have played, and must continue to play, in shaping national consciousness positively, while the second reason was to source for novel ideas that will enrich the fight against corruption and seek new partnerships individually and collectively from the fold of the writers.”

In a remark, a widely-known writer, Elechi Amadi, congratulated the English department for keeping the dream of literature burning, saying, “I congratulate the English department for keeping this up. I know of many universities that had started something like this but somewhere along the line stopped”.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor James Epoke acknowledged the English department for putting together a publication that can be used in tackling corruption through literature.

He advised the participant to shun corruption, stating that it is a thing of the mind and it can be dealt with by individuals.

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Provide d list of d 69 universities

Mr. Nta. Tanx for the revelation. Pls do, publish d names of the illegal universities. If not, your assertion and information will be regarded as false. Are you surprised? Nigeria has been graded and known for its corruption.

Your role

Your role Mr. Nta is to tell us how many officials of those schools you have prosecuted so far, Not all these fruitless big grammar. We should stop fighting coruption on the pages of newspapers pls. Match your words with action. Only then we will know you are serious.

69 versitis.. & u tink just oilng & lip servicn

69 versitis.. & u tink just oilng & lip servicng coruption is engh. ur revelation is useless & ur comments totaly corrupt.cos failure 2 publicise d names only means putng ursef under emense pressure & advertisng bribe vacancies 4 d owners of tis institution.may b ur speakng up stems 4rm der refusal 2 comply with payng such gratificatns.Ngr is totaly corupt

The Legal University

The Nigeria Gov could not provide a functional refinery and people started building there own and u say it illegal refinery, now a time many are calling for more University in the country we are seeing illegal University, Pls give them automatic approval to encourage others...

spreading corruption with lecture

just telling nigeria that there are 67 illegal university in nigeria is another way of spreading corruption. I believe the investigation of ICPC is prone to corruption. Probably GHANA-MUST GO bags have not exchange hands hence the mere mention of 67. Lets see how far the ICPC chairman investigation will go. THIEF amongs THIEVES

list them

Please, list them

Icpc boss lecture

I am facing another dilemma. A man paid with public fund in public saying am not capable . If the federal govt and states can provide schools for the teeming youths, private universities would be classified strictly class affair. However, what is he doing regards farouk nd otedola, pension fund, governors with private jets etc. The damages inflicted economically, moral ethics by this few makes fake universities irrelevant. He has nothing to offer.

Shut UP

Please admit that you cannot make a dent on corruption with the current atmosphere and especially the mentality of the leaders and the society ( civil and ecclesiastical). You are simply trying to burnish your tarnished relevance. We are no fools, sir!

Publish the list so that

Publish the list so that people will know and take precaution. Let Nigerians be well informed as some will ignorantly fall victims

List them

Mr. Pls list the universities that ppl may avoid them.


Is the ICPC now doing the work of NUC? How does a judicial parastal start collating education institutional facts? Nigeria is an upside down Country.

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