Irked by the high prevalence of moral decadence in universities, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has established the Directorate of Strategic Contact, Ethics and Communication to inculcate high ethical standards in its graduates.
The registrar of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Mr Chris Igbokwe, who disclosed this last week in Enugu during the annual debate of the Law Students Association of the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus, attributed bribery, corruption and other social ills to the failure of some Nigerian universities to entrench ethics and human rights in their institutions.
According to him, the institution is desirous of producing graduates who would be socially responsible and guided by ethical considerations, lamenting that institutions of higher learning are plagued by social malaise like prostitution, sexual harassment, cultism, lack of mentorship and alcoholism.
He stated that in order “to maintain these core values among students, the vice chancellor of the university, Professor Benjamin Ozumba, established the Directorate of Strategic Contact, Ethics and Communications in partnership with an institution in Geneva, Switzerland.
“UNN has strong ethical foundation in line with our motto which is to restore the dignity of man. It is our duty to improve on the ethical conduct of our students,” Igbokwe said.
He commended the students for organising the event which was also meant to honour individuals who have made their marks in the law profession.
Noting that many lawyers had ethical problems which ultimately affect the Nigerian bar, Prof. Osita Ogbu, a professor of law and recipient of Excellent Leadership Award at the occasion, said the event was significant as it represents a celebration of intellectualism.
Ogbu, dean of Faculty of Law at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology observed that “some higher institutions, instead of being grounds to breed intellectuals, become ethnic enclaves and corrupt settings with all forms of exploitation.
“However, I commend you for identifying with intellectuals and encourage you to continue to promote intellectualism as that is the whole essence of the university,” he told the organisers.