Salem University, Lokoja, has been commended for adhering to due process in the operations of the University, thereby creating a balance in the system.
This commendation was given during the presentation of the report of the pilot study on the Nigerian University System Study and Review carried out by the ICPC- Anti- corruption Academy of Nigeria held at the Senate Chamber of the University.
The Provost of the Academy, Professor Shola Akin who led the ICPC team to Salem University, said the Pilot study was a fact-finding and problem- solving strategy, which involved the examination of the current policies, practices, behaviours and systems of public bodies, to determine if they aided corrupt practices and to what extent they were prone to doing so. He further said that three Universities were randomly selected among 124 universities in Nigeria for the pilot study. They universities are Salem University, Olabisi Onabanjo University and University of Nigeria.
The pilot study was centred on eight key areas of University operations which included:
1) Admissions, Enrolment and Registration of courses, Examination administration.
2) Award of degrees and Graduation of students
3) Teaching and Learning services and facilities
4) Appointments, Promotion and Discipline of Staff
5) Departmental Administration and Faculty Governance
6) Contract Awards
7) Management of Funds and
8) Research and research administration
In most of the areas listed, Salem University was ranked high and commended for adhering to due process.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor of Salem University, Professor Joseph Fuwape, expressed the delight of the University management and community with the report and hoped that the recommendations of the pilot study would serve as a roadmap for transforming Nigerian Universities. He commended ICPC for initiating the National Value Orientation and drive to bring the study of civics into the education curriculum. The Vice Chancellor recommended the adoption of advocacy and public education as a weapon to fight corruption at all levels. He thanked the team for the visit and indicated the readiness of Salem University collaborate with ICPC in its advocacy programmes and promotion of research in educational institutions in Nigeria.