The federal government in a bid to contain plagiarism has launched a homegrown ‘Plagiarism Detection Software Code’ called EagleScan to enhance the integrity of higher institutions.
Speaking at the launching of the software in Abuja on Tuesday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) who said that the initiative was part of the core mandates of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, revealed that plagiarism was a form of corruption.
Osinbajo said the federal government is fully committed to support all initiatives that will restore and build the integrity of higher institutions.
“Let me also say that the government will give all that is needed to ensure that anti-plagiarism measures are instituted across the country,” he said.
While hailing the indigenous anti-plagiarism software, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, affirmed it would facilitate the desired quality expected in institutions of higher learning.
Also at the event, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Abubakar Rasheed, stressed the need to institutionalise an anti-plagiarism policy in all higher institutions.
“Having the software is one aspect of the battle against plagiarism. Universities must take concrete steps to institutionalise anti-plagiarism policy that forbids all aspects of the intellectual theft.
“For so long the issues of plagiarism amongst others such as copyrights, as well as abuses of infringements, have robbed our universities the much desired integrity,” he said.
In his words, the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Higher Education, Sandy Onor , said the EagleScan Plagiarism Detection Software integrates global open source and closed source repositories, local Open Education Repositories and allows users to validate titles abstracts and generate originality report.
In his remark, the Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Elias Bogoro, promised that the fund on plagiarism would be committed to working with the Committee of Vice-Chancellors to fight plagiarism.
According to Bogoro, the fund was not only committed to the initiative but had effectively proceeded to make funding commitment towards the project.
On his part, the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloyede, who called for an all-inclusive concentration on the EagleScan also pleaded that the Plagiarism Detection Software be tagged a National Repository, saying that this would create more opportunities for all institutions across all sectors to subscribe.