Minster of Education, Professor Ruquayyatu Rufai, has noted that Nigeria’s growth will never achieve her full potential if the country allows corruption, which she described as a full-blown cancer, to continue to thrive.
Insisting that things have to change so that Nigeria can survive and develop into an orderly, reasonable and predictable way, the minister noted that since corruption had now become the single biggest bane of the country, it should no longer be condoned.
Represented by a Director in her ministry, Alhaji Ahmed Rakaya, the minister said these in Abuja at the public presentation of the teachers guide for the teaching of the National Values Curriculum in Basic Education at the headquarters of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC).
According to her, the most veritable way of tackling corruption head-on and at all level in Nigeria, is to educate the masses on national values, path of the truth and the knowledge of the truth.
Speaking on the presence of corruption in the education sector, Rufai' said they were trying to reduce it to the barest minimum and would not spare anybody found encouraging it.
“We conducted two levels of UTME examination, pen and paper test, and computer operated test. The two tests conducted were free and fair, and result released within 48 hours. Over 16,000 candidates had their results canceled as a result of corrupt practices and other offences.
“We shall be resolute in our decision as there are no sacred cows. Nobody, no matter how highly placed, will be allowed to get away with the breach of the law or perpetration of corruption and evil in our colleges and tertiary institutions,” she said.
The ICPC Chairman, Ekpo Nta, while stating the reason for printing the books, said the current Nigerian curriculum was becoming more science and technical biased, while the teaching of ethical and moral values continued to be neglected, hence the need for more efforts to address the ethical gap in the nation’s education sector.