Students of primary and junior secondary schools in Lagos have been advised to shun all forms of corruption and examination malpractice.
Mrs. Mary Omonoyan, an officer of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Lagos Zonal Office gave the advice at a workshop organized by the Association for Eradication of Corruption (ASSERCORN) and National Anti-corruption Coalition recently for students and teachers from selected schools in the State.
Mrs. Omonoyan, while speaking at the occasion, explained that eradicating corruption was everybody’s responsibility. She listed some ways in which students could contribute to the fight against the scourge. Some of the ways according to her were: reporting acts of corruption; challenging displays of overt corrupt acts; educating peers about the ills of corruption; and being contented with what is provided by one’s parents.
In her own speech, the President of ASSERCORN, Mrs. S.T. Agbalajobi, revealed that the NGO was for attitudinal re-orientation of children between the ages of 7 and 14 years in primary and junior secondary schools, respectively adding that the organization had its presence in 35 private and public schools in the state.
In his remark, the Chairman of the event, Mr. Chris Ibe of the African Youth Initiative on Crime prevention, said the development of the minds of young people was important for building a greater nation.
He urged the students to have a positive mindset believing that Nigeria will be free from corruption.