The federal government’s anti-corruption war has fully landed in the country’s universities, with the searchlight beamed on key projects, which are alleged to be shoddily executed by the institutions’ top management.
Those who are likely to fall victims of the crusade are vice chancellors and other heads of tertiary education institutions who have been accused of hiring incompetent contractors to execute critical projects in their schools.
The indication that there is no more hiding place for corrupt university administrators came at the weekend from the permanent secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, during his investiture as the new president of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA).
Echono warned the tertiary education heads that henceforth any construction of shoddy structures in their schools shall attract the full weight of the law in line with the federal government’s anti-corruption crusade.
The permanent secretary lamented that some buildings on the campuses were below standards, adding that such structures and the school heads responsible for them had caused embarrassment to the government and the construction sector.