Secondary school pupils from across the nation have been drafted into the anti-corruption crusade as part of a multi-pronged approach by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to bringing the menace to the barest minimum.
The ICPC chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, during the inaugural National Anti-Corruption Debate Competition among Senior Secondary Schools, which commenced Thursday in Lokoja, Kogi State, said it will hold annually among selected secondary school pupils in the six geo-political zones.
This year’s debate centres on the topic, Corruption: An impediment to sustainable development.
He explained that in the commission embarked on the national schools’ debate because of the determination to carry out its duties of enlightening and educating members of the public “on and against corruption and offering public support” in combating corruption.
The effort, he added was part of the bid to prosecute the anti-corruption war in a holistic manner.
According to the ICPC boss, who was represented by the assistant director on education, Mr. Kingsley Obi: “The National Anti-Corruption Debate Competition for pupils at the senior secondary school levels was designed to engage the youth activity in the anti-corruption crusade and this stimulate academic discourse that provides answers to issues of corruption from the youths’ perspective.
“The fulcrum of this initiative which is derived from the commission’s policy of encouraging active youth participation in the crusade against corruption is therefore aimed at moblilizing action, fostering the involvement of pupils at the secondary school levels in the war against corruption, and also expanding the participation of these youths in the anti-corruption crusade”.
Some of the objectives of the debate, he said, include engaging the youths at secondary schools intellectually in proceeding solution to corruption in the society and to encourage non-violent revolution against corruption.
“The problem of lack of integrity, transparency and accountability is a huge impediment to achieving set goals meant for the advancement of the youth and the security of the future.
“However, the ICPC recognizes the fact that the young people wield tremendous influence and thus mobilized them to not only imbibe the culture of integrity, transparency and accountability, but also to ensure it’s institutionalization,” he added.
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