In a bid to fight plagiarism in the Nigerian academic space, the federal government on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, launched an indigenous software codenamed “EagleScan Plagiarism Detection Software”, that detects plagiarism.
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Reacting to the development, Nigeria’s vice president, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, during the launch, tagged plagiarism as corruption and noted that it is an act of intellectual theft.
Prof. Osibanjo went further to state that the launch of EagleScan shows that there is no tolerance for plagiarism in Nigeria, and described it as “part of the core mandates of President Muhammadu Buhari Administration.”
‘The federal government is fully committed to supporting all initiatives that will continue to build and enhance 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.’
Professor Yemi Osibanjo
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Also, Professor Sandy Onor, the Deputy Chairman, Senate Committee on Higher Education, and Chairman of the Occasion, hailed the software and disclosed that it will address the challenges associated with the authentification and validation of research.
‘The EagleScan Plagiarism Detection Software integrates global open source and closed source repositories, local Open Education Repositories and it allows users to validate titles abstracts and generate an originality report.’
Prof. Sandy Odor
Further, Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, praised the anti-plagiarism tool and revealed that it will facilitate the level of quality that higher academic institutions in the country are expected to attain.
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