The Nigerian government is to investigate the operations of new universities set up by former president Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that they are not being run using corrupt practices.
Rasheed Abubakar, executive secretary of the National Universities Commission, an advisory agency of Nigeria’s ministry of education, made the announcement, the Premium Times reported.
Professor Abubakar, who was speaking as the representative of Muhammadu Buhari – who succeeded Mr Jonathan as president, said that the aims of the investigations were to eliminate financial wastage and guarantee transparency and accountability of the management of resources at the institutions.
He added: “[There is] no room for corruption in the academic sector. Very soon, we will tour all projects executed by our new federal universities to ensure that funds allocated to them are judiciously utilised. Our universities must be examples [of] good governance and financial management. So, no room for corruption.”
The paper reported that the Nigerian authorities would be looking into the operations of nine new universities established by Mr Jonathan.