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Like corruption, Buhari has zero-tolerance for plagiarism, says Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday declared that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has zero-tolerance for plagiarism.

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Osinbajo, who spoke in Abuja at the public presentation and launch of a homegrown plagiarism detection software, EagleScan, observed that plagiarism is a form of corruption, describing the act as stealing of intellectual properties of others.

According to him, the development of the software announces the zero tolerance for plagiarism as “part of the core mandates of President Muhammadu Buhari administration”.

The Vice president, who was represented by the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof Abubakar Rasheed, expressed the federal government’s commitment to supporting all initiatives that would continue to build and enhance the integrity of higher institutions.

“Let me also say that the government will give all that is needed to ensure that anti-plagiarism measures are instituted across the country”, the vice president stated.

The Chairman of occasion and the deputy chairman, Senate Committee on Higher Education, Prof Sandy Onor, said the software would address the challenges of academic research authentification and validation.

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“The EagleScan Plagiarism Detection Software integrates global open source and closed source repositories, local Open Education Repositories and it allows users to validate titles abstracts and generate originality report,” Prof. Onor said.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, applauded the indigenous anti-plagiarism software, saying it would facilitate the desired quality expected in institutions of higher learning.

In Separate Goodwill messages, Strategic Partners on the EagleScan Project, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, emphasised the need to institutionalise an anti-plagiarism policy in all higher institutions, which according to him, will encompass various aspects of plagiarism.

“Having the software is one aspect of the battle against plagiarism, universities must take concrete steps to institutionalise anti-plagiarism policy that forbids all aspects of the intellectual theft,” Rasheed said.

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“For so long the issues of Plagiarism amongst others such as copyrights as well as abuses of infringements have robbed our universities the much-desired integrity.”

The Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Prof Elias Bogoro, said the Fund in respect to plagiarism is delighted to work with the Committee of the Vice-Chancellors.

According to Bogoro, the fund is not only committed to the initiative but has effectively promise and proceeded to make funding commitment towards the project.

The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, called for an all-inclusive concentration on the EagleScan, urging that the plagiarism detection software be tagged a national repository, saying this will create more opportunities for all institutions across all sectors to subscribe.

The Chairman, Association of Vice-Chancellors, Prof Timothy Olagbemiro, explained that the software would make the Nigerian university system more authentic.

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The Secretary-General of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors, Prof Yakubu Ochefu said the cost of development, deployment, maintenance and marketing of the software over the next three years, is projected at a total sum of N251,298,000.00.

“A substantial part of this cost is for licensing closed user databases and repositories. For now, CVC secretariat is hosting the secretariat for the Eagle Scan technical team”

The main features of the software include plagiarism checker, peer review, document comparison, grammar checker, similarity index, grade mark, local and foreign language support/converter and local/global repository.

Others are title/abstract validation, LMS integration, report download, user account management, and self-archival interface.

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