The Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)Ibrahim Magu, has informed the general public that the commission will soon start a nationwide universities campaign to launch its anti-corruption programme .

Magu made this known to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday [Apr. 26] at the opening ceremony of a capacity building workshop on the use of beneficial ownership information and the recovery of assets in Africa.

He said that the anti-corruption programme would be similar to that of “Women Against Corruption”.

We are already talking with the universities; we are looking at starting with University of Lagos and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) where we will launch the programme. There is something on ground to also reach out to the universities as student’s union leaders have disturbed me over issues in the sector. The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) leadership visited me last week and this was part of their complaints. We assured them that we are going to join them and launch the anti-corruption programme and we need them too because we are protecting their future,“he said.

On stolen assets, Magu said that government was working with global partners to fast-track the return of stolen assets abroad.

He said,

We are going to collaborate with FIRS and set up a unit that will exclusively deal with tax fraud, tax evasion and related offences. We are going to see that we work on this seriously. We have just discussed it with the FIRS chairman; we will give the operatives a special training to operate very well,” Magu added.

do you see this as a welcome development for universities?