The National Universities Commission has drafted the curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science which will be taught in universities.
The Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, said this in Abuja on Tuesday during a visit to the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
The visit, according to Rasheed, was a follow-up to a similar visit by the EFCC boss to the NUC in August 2017, when “you advocated the introduction of a course focusing specifically on anti-corruption in the curriculum of Nigerian universities.”
Magu had, during the said visit, promised that the EFCC would sponsor up to 20 PhD researchers on any aspect of corruption every year, for the next 10 years.
In response to the call, Rasheed presented a draft curriculum of a course in Cyber Security and Forensic Science to the EFCC for its input.
While commending the EFCC’s efforts at ridding Nigeria of corruption, the NUC boss acknowledged the assistance of the anti-graft agency in strengthening the universities by creating an atmosphere for a corrupt free academic system.
Responding, Magu expressed delight over the visit, saying, “The EFCC cannot claim ownership of the achievement recorded; the credit goes to every Nigerian who supports the fight against corruption.”
He thanked the NUC boss for the draft curriculum on the anti-corruption course, promising that the commission would study it and make necessary input for its effective take-off.
The EFCC boss also assured the NUC of the preparedness of the anti-graft agency to go after fraudsters operating illegal institutions in the country, with a view to restoring sanity to the system.
The EFCC says it has recovered N28bn from tax defaulters on behalf of the Federal Inland Revenue Service.
The spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said this in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the statement, the Executive Chairman of the FIRS, Babatunde Fowler, lauded the EFCC for helping the tax agency to recover the money.
“Through the intervention of the EFCC, the agency has been experiencing a high level of tax compliance and it is yielding positive results,” Fowler was quoted as saying.
Fowler gave the commendation on Tuesday when he led a delegation of the FIRS officials, comprising top management members of the agency, on a visit to the anti-graft agency.
He said, “When tax defaulters are reported and invited to your office (EFCC), we see results; we don’t know how you do it, but we are seeing results and people are complying.”
He said the FIRS alone could not curtail the activities of tax evaders without the collaboration of other national and international agencies such as the EFCC.
The FIRS boss emphasised the need to strengthen the existing collaboration and synergy between the two agencies and assured Nigerians that his organisation would explore every means backed by law to ensure that taxes were paid and not diverted.
According to him, if taxes are paid, funds will be available for the government to provide the infrastructure needed for the socio-economic well-being of the citizenry.
Responding, Magu promised that the commission would always be ready to partner any agency, organisation or individual in fighting corruption for the purpose of moving the nation forward.
The EFCC boss appreciated his visitors and called on all Nigerians to join the fight against corruption right from home, offices and in whatever way they could in order to ensure a better future for present and future generations.