The Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Governing Council,
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State,
Nigeria, His Excellency, Ambassador Oladele Akadiri, OON,
has instituted a N1million anti-corruption essay
competition for staff and students of the Institution as part
of measures to engender transparency and due process in
He made the pronouncement during a three-day workshop,
entitled, “Building University Culture in Adekunle Ajasin
University” held recently on campus.
The Pro-Chancellor proposed “Can Corruption and
Indiscipline Be Eradicated from Nigeria? If So, How? And
What Role Can Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Play in
Such an Undertaking?” as theme for the essay competition.
Ambassador Akadiri, who described such intellectual
engagement (Essay Competition) as an indispensable
element of University Culture, said, “I am proposing a
competitive academic exercise on campus, in form of an
essay that would be open to all students and staff, or a
thesis, or a dissertation.
And the exercise could take off in July and end in
September this year, so that necessary awards could be
given to the winner and two runners-up in October, 2015,
all totaling 1,000,000 (one million) Naira, at my own
The Pro-Chancellor asked the University Management to set
up a three-man Committee to establish the necessary
ground rules and standards for the competition.
While noting that AAUA is already noted for academic
excellence, the Pro-Chancellor said the University and other
universities in Nigeria must inculcate Moral Culture –
transparency, honesty and absolute integrity – as a way of
life “in these days of Universal Corruption and pervasive
indiscipline in our country”.
Ambassador Akadiri said, “On an equal footing with
academic excellence, honesty and integrity must find a
permanent home at AAUA, to such extent that, when
employers of labour are out in search of incorruptible staff,
Akungba will become their first port of call.”