Prof. Kimse Okoko, the Pro Chancellor, University of Uyo, has called on all pro chancellors across the country to shun corruption in order to sanitise the university system.
Okoko, who is the Chairman, Committee of Pro Chancellors, made the call at the 3rd Biennial Conference of Pro chancellors of Federal Universities on Wednesday in Abuja.
He also said it was important to lay a good foundation to eliminate corruption in the university system.
Okoko said pro chancellors, as the head of their various universities, must show themselves to be above board on issues of corruption.
“I think the issue of corruption is very critical and I want to urge pro chancellors to ensure transparency in the system.
” Unless we pro-chancellors ensure that we are incorruptible then we cannot lay a good foundation to eliminate corruption in the system.
” I am hoping that my colleagues heed this advice because corruption is now a very upsetting phenomenon in the universities,” he said.
Okoko also called on the pro chancellors to tackle sexual harassment now rampant in universities as well as plagiarism.
” I think it is important for pro chancellors to live above board and be transparent so that they can pass that to the various vice chancellors.
“It’s now a shame to see vice chancellors now dragged to prison. It’s not a good image for universities and I think we have to gradually try and ensure that we get rid of corruption in our society.
” I believe that universities are agents of change and you cannot be an agent of change if you yourself is part of the corruption,” he added.
Also speaking, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, called for a review of the proliferation of structures in Nigerian universities.
Oloyede said there should be mainstreaming of all the different universities committees to be coordinated by a central body.
” I believe that the coordination of all these committees will heal an already sick system because of the cross fertilisation of ideas that will bring solution to the challenges that the various universities face,” he said.