According the publication the software programme development was At the instance of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU), University of Ilorin and six others developed anti-plagiarism software to check academic fraud.
AVCNU had mandated its Information and Communication Technology Sub-committee, chair, and the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, to assemble IT team from Nigerian universities.
Reports said this would develop the home-grown anti-plagiarism software with the local repository.
Monitored from University Bulletin issued on Monday, the other universities involved are Al-Hikmah involved are Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin and Covenant University, Ota. Others are Delta State University Abraka, Benue State University Makurdi, University of Jos and Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.
Director, Computer Services and Information Technology (COMSIT), Directorate of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Mohammed Ahmed, as said the software was at 80 per cent completion.
Prof. Ahmed added that “using local human resource to develop the software has helped to cut down cost and show the ingenuity of Nigerians.”
He also said that the software has both local and global repository with features such as peer review, document comparison, and grammar checker.
“Other features are language support and title validation, with the name EAGLE SCAN being proposed for the programme,’’ he said. Ahmed said when operational, the anti-plagiarism application, would be made available to all Nigerian universities.
Ahmed said, the application would compete globally, and he called on the AVCNU to see to the digitisation of local contents in the various universities.
“Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali, the VC of the Unilorin commended the team put together by the AVCNU to develop such a wonderful programme. Ambali commented that plagiarism is a criminal offence that has given the Universities all over the world concern, adding that the development of such programme is the AVCNU’s effort to ensure quality control towards quality assurance in the Nigeria education system to check academic fraud.