Friday, 12 May 2017

Corruption is a dream killer, ICPC tells children

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has described corruption as a dream killer that Nigerian children should not tolerate.

An official of the commission, Mrs Azuka Ogugwa, said this when some students of Praxis Catholic e-School, Life Camp, Abuja, visited the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Abuja on Friday.

Ogugwa urged Nigerian children and youths to assist ICPC to protect their legitimate dreams and future by standing against corruption and allied vices.

Using a pictoral PowerPoint presentation, she took the students through the rudiments of corruption including its definition, types, manifestations and effects on their lives and the society generally.

The children exclaimed in surprise as images of dilapidated schools and hospitals, deplorable roads, slums, scenes of terror attacks, among others, rolled through the screen.

Ogugwa said, “As you can see in these pictures, corruption can stop you from achieving your dreams! If you do not fight it, it will fight you and kill your dreams.

“You cannot sit back and say, `It does not concern me, I am too small. My parents are giving me food.’

“You have to stand up for the future you want. If you want that dream you have in mind to come to pass, you have to act against corruption.’’

Ogugwa said they could do this by being honest and standing for integrity, in addition to reporting acts of corruption at homes and in schools to their parents and authorities or trusted adults.

She also sensitised the students on what the commission is doing to stop corruption including prevention, enforcement and public enlightenment/education.

The official enjoined school management and teachers to contribute their quota by forming anti-corruption clubs for their students and declaring their schools corruption-free zones.

Later in an interview with newsmen, Ogugwa advised parents to set good examples for their children and inculcate good values into them with rewards and punishment when necessary.

In separate interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), some of the students, including the Head Girl of the school, Miss Miracle Anatogu, described the visit as memorable.

“I am super excited to be here at ICPC today, because I have been hearing a lot about this commission and I didn’t know much about them and what they do as I know now.

“So, when I get back to my school, I will pass the message to my fellow students who are not here.

“I have decided that henceforth, no act of corruption witnessed by me will go unreported,’’ Miracle told NAN,

High points of the event included a short drama presentation by the students.

Ogugwa later presented a book on the National Values Curriculum developed by the ICPC to the school on behalf of the ICPC Chairman, Mr Ekpo Nta.

(The Nation)

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