The authorities of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State have instituted an anti-corruption essay competition
for members of staff and students of the institution as part of measures to engender
transparency and due process.
The competition instituted by the Pro- Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council of the university, Ambassador Oladele
Akadiri, kicks off in July.
Akadiri, who stated this at a workshop, entitled, ‘Building University Culture in Adekunle Ajasin University,’ said the overall winner and two runners-up would receive prizes worth N1m at
the end of the contest this September.
According to the Pro-Chancellor, the title of the
; competition is ‘Can Corruption and Indiscipline
Be Eradicated in Nigeria? If So, How? And What Role Can Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba.
Play in Such an Undertaking?’
Akadiri, who described the contest as an indispensable element of university culture, said,
“I am proposing a competitive academic exercise on campus, in form of an essay that would be open to all students and staff, or a thesis, or a dissertation.”
Stressing the need for academic excellence, he said AAUA and other universities in Nigeria must inculcate moral culture – transparency, honesty and absolute integrity – as a way of life.
“in these days of universal corruption and pervasive indiscipline in our country.
“On an equal footing with academic excellence, honesty and integrity must find a permanent home at AAUA, to such extent that, when employers of labour are out in search of incorruptible staff, our institution will become their first port of call.”