A three day conference aimed at entrenching ethics in the admission process, studying and research process as well as administration in Nigerian universities has opened in Enugu state in Nigeria.
Declaring the conference open, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, Professor Benjamin Ozumba, said that ethical values must support governance of tertiary institutions through the establishment of ethical, transparent and value-based university management systems.
He said the educational institutions must key into the change mantra of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and work with him, as he strives to ensure that corruption is rooted out of Nigeria.
“Our country, Nigeria, is on the ascendancy again with the new focus of Mr. President targeted at the ethical transformation and value-based policy change that will take Nigeria back to increased global ranking, as nation that transparently manages its human and material resources,” Professor Ozumba said.
He called on educational institutions to support the present administration which fights corruption and insists on doing things rights.
The UNN Vice-Chancellor noted that the best way universities and tertiary institutions could support the Buhari administration in its change mantra was to go fully ethical in their management system.
Global watershed in ethical management
According to Professor Ozumba, the University of Nigeria has reached a global watershed in ethical management in university relationships and transparent management of its resources.
This, he explains, is to achieve huge milestones in ethical and infrastructural transformation of the system, and be of advantage to all stakeholders.
“The transformation of the university is an ethical, value-based project which requires team work, synergy and a focused, bold and transparent leadership. It is the next level and the only way for our university to go,” he stated.
Also speaking, the Executive Director of Globethics, Professor Obiora Ike, said that the gap noticed in ethical issues, which creates poverty in families, the lack in educational quality in institutions of higher learning and the corrupt political officers make the entrenchment of ethics imperative in all spheres of life.
“We are organising this conference to find those values that bind human beings everywhere in the world beyond religions; beyond cultures, beyond traditions and to create a universal agenda propelled by ethics this time, contextualizing it in UNN, Godfrey Okoye University, ESUT and other institutions within Nigeria and Africa for value-driven education,” Professor Ike explained.
Globethics opens its doors
Professor Obiora Ike, a catholic priest, said Globethics opens its doors in all countries in over 200 countries “preaching this agenda that our world cannot be allowed to collapse and that politicians are not people going to save it; that every human being and every institution would have to play a role.”
The cleric advocated for transparency in the admission and governance and ethically-guided research as processes that would increase virtue in tertiary institutions.
VON DG commends UNN
In his goodwill message, the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, commended UNN for hosting the conference on ethics at a time when President Muhammadu Buhari is working to fight corruption in Nigeria.
He said the theme of the conference: “Ethics, Governance and Higher Education” was apt and in line with the change mantra of the government of President Buhari.
Delegates from Globethics, Geneva, Switzerland, and the collaborating universities are attending the conference.
The conference was organised by Globethics in collaboration with the UNN, Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu and the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.