The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has established no fewer than 1, 500 anti-corruption clubs and vanguards in secondary and tertiary schools across the country. Chairman of the ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made this known at an event to mark this year’s International Children’s Day celebration in Abuja on Monday.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the clubs are formed in public and private secondary schools, while the vanguards are in public and private tertiary institutions.
The schools have a minimum of 100 students as members.
The theme of the event was “Marking the International Children’s Day, The Anti-Corruption Way’’.
Owasanoye, who was represented by a member of the commission’s board, Mrs Olubukola Balogun, said the event was aimed at making a “strong statement’’ on the imperative of youth active participation in the anti-corruption fight.
He said that the commission, through its various outreach programmes, had trained more than 60, 000 National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members annually and had engaged them actively in the fight against corruption.
He noted that youths, who represented 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population, had higher stake in the future of the nation than the older generations.
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