The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ola Olukoyede, has called on heads of tertiary institutions across the country to join hands in tackling the rising cases of internet fraud among students.
Olukayode disclosed this during an interactive session with chancellors, rectors and provosts of tertiary institutions in Kogi State held at the Ilorin zonal command.
Olukoyede, who spoke through the Ilorin Zonal Commander of the agency, Michael Nzekwe, said the engagement was part of the proactive measures to checkmate cybercrime in the state.
The EFCC boss called on authorities of tertiary institutions to put in place measures that would discourage students from indulging in crimes.
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He admonished parents to be more committed to the moral upbringing of their children in schools.
“The commission can achieve the task of ridding the country of corruption, if every institution gets involved and actively participates in the fight against the menace.
“Higher institutions must endeavour to change the current negative narrative regarding the quality of education in Nigeria. This is because a corruption-free Nigeria is possible if every individual is proactively and sincerely involved in the fight against corruption,” he said.
Responding, Vice Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Professor Salawu Sadiku, urged the commission to ensure that anti-corruption courses are incorporated in the school curriculum and taught at all levels.
“Youths of today are exposed to a number of vices that are capable of ruining their lives permanently. We need to do more for students to focus on their studies and desist from all forms of cybercrimes,” he said.
Also present at the meeting were Dr. Salisu Usman, Rector, Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, Dr. Umar Hassan, Provost, College of Education, Okene, Dr. Yahaya Usman, Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Idah and Dr. Victoria Jagboro, Provost, College of Education (technical), Kabba.