Concerned with the rising cases of corruption in the education sector especially in tertiary institutions, We the People on the 30th of November 2018, hosted elected Student leaders from 6 tertiary institutions in Rivers state to discuss plans and strategies for instituting anti-corruption mechanisms within the student union leadership structures in the tertiary institutions. The meeting had in attendance 6 elected Student Union Presidents and other Vice Presidents, Secretary Generals, Directors of information and heads of other directorates, Student Union Parliament Speakers and other frontline student activists.
The leaders expressed deep concerns that their members had become victims of elaborate corruption schemes involving academic and non-academic staffs. According to them, students lose a large part of their modest allowances to extortion payments from tertiary institution officials.
We the People used the opportunity to share findings from its Tertiary Institutions Corruption Prevalence Survey which presents overt evidence that corruption has taken alarming levels in the campuses.
At the end of the meeting, the student leaders adopted the following resolutions:
1. To join the fight to resist corruption in their campuses.
2. Each Student Union will set up an Anti-Corruption Committee which will be responsible for tackling corruption and collaborating with external agencies like ICPC, EFCC and CSOs. The We the People and partners has been invited to inaugurate each of the anti-corruption committees.
3. The Student Unions will get the Rivers State Joint Campus Committee, (the State level NANS structure) to adopt emergency measures to tackle tertiary institution corruption. They requested the help of We the People and partners to achieve this.
4. The Student Unions will begin holding anti-corruption lecture series in their campuses every semester.
The intervention was held as part of the Youth Alive Foundation and DFID supported project aimed at mobilizing youths to combat corruption.