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Tertiary students dangerously exposed to corruption, says ICPC

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A survey conducted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has revealed that tertiary education students in Nigeria were dangerously exposed to corruption.

The survey, which was anchored by ICPC Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), was conducted in the six geopolitical zones of the country and 39 institutions were surveyed out of 42 institutions selected for the process.

Findings from the survey, presented yesterday in Abuja by the ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, indicated that students of tertiary institutions had low level awareness of anti-corruption issues, environment or situations that made them dangerously exposed to corruption, adding that their attitudes to corruption made them very susceptible to the vice.

The survey also indicated that 81 per cent of the students surveyed were aware of channels for corrupt acts of government officials, which the ICPC noted translates into a good level of awareness.

The survey revealed an extremely low level awareness in relation to the difference between bribery and corruption and noted that the low level meant that a large percentage of students (51per cent) would not know when they are victims of extortion.


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