Pro-chancellor institutes N1m anti-corruption essay competition for AAUA staff, students

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AS part of measures to engender transparency and due process in the nation, Pro-Chancellor /Chairman of Governing Council, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Ambassador Oladele Akadiri, OON, has instituted a N1million anti-corruption essay competition for staff and students of the institution.

Akadiri, who made the disclosure during a three-day workshop, entitled, “Building University Culture in Adekunle Ajasin University,” recently held at the institution, proposed as theme for the essay competition, “Can corruption and indiscipline be eradicated from Nigeria? If so, how? And what role can Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Play in Such an Undertaking?”

Akadiri, who described such essay competition 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. And the exercise could take off in July and end in September this year, so that necessary awards could be given to the winner and two runners-up in October, 2015, all totaling N 1,000,000 at my own expense.”

The pro-chancellor urged the university management to set up a three-man committee to establish the necessary ground rules and standards for the competition.

While noting that AAUA was already noted for academic excellence, the he said the university and other universities in the country 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.”

Akadiri said, “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, Akungba will become their first port of call.”

Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has listed the school as the most subscribed university in South/West Nigeria and the 20th most-sought-after Nigerian university.

According to JAMB’s Statistics of Choice Institutions 2015, 22,832 candidates chose AAUA as 1st choice, while 165, 22, and two (02) candidates picked the University as 2nd, 3rd, and 4th choice, respectively.

Thirteen federal and seven state-owned universities made the 2015 Top 20 Most Subscribed Universities List.

The University of Ilorin topped the list while the University of Benin and Nnamdi Azikiwe University emerged 1st and 2nd runners-up.

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