Having sprung from a nationwide public integrity debate organised by YIAGA AFRICA’s Bounce Corruption project, 2 years ago, Public Integrity Club, University of Jos chapter, organised its first integrity summit on the 11th and 12th of October, titled “The Paradigm Shift”. The club has fostered engagements to change the face of accountability in student leadership in University of Jos, thereby heralding a new crop of student and community leaders in the nearest future.
The summit was well attended by students, lecturers and other civil society organisation like Connected Development (CODE), Jos Toastmasters Club, with representatives from YIAGA AFRICA, CHANGEMAKERS AFRICA, including Professor Nnamdi Aduba, a Professor of Law at the University of Jos.
In his introductory address, Program Personnel of YIAGA AFRICA under the accountability and justice program, Michael Agada emphasised the impact of informed choices and technology in redefining leadership in our tertiary institutions, particularly as it relates to student union governance, noting that “we must continue to insist on innovations in student leaderships across board, as well as come to terms with the realisation that acts such as corruption, exam malpractices, alcoholism, cultism, drug abuse, self-indulgence, thuggery, intolerance to diversity and the likes, have been more or less responsible for a failed or faulty transition to young generation of leaders”.
He also reminded the students that it is possible to end corruption in their immediate community and Nigeria at large. But to achieve that, it is important to first change their mentality, habits, and actions. Participating students and club members were also admonished to be the change that they desire to see in our institutions and the country at large, as this is what it entails to be found worthy in character and of learning.
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