The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) recently hosted the National Youth Service Corps/ICPC Community Development Service group on a courtesy visit in the Commission’s headquarters.
The corps members, who were led by their supervisor Mrs. Aisha Telta, were in the Commission to get acquainted with its activities, learn how far the Commission had gone in the fight against corruption and to also make a presentation to ICPC on their strategies to support the anti-corruption crusade which would include public enlightenment activities such as community forum, school visitation and street awareness.
Chairman ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, who was represented by the Secretary to the Commission, Mr. Elvis Oglafa, while addressing the corps members on the Commission’s activities and achievements, commended their effort in contributing to curbing corruption in Nigeria.
He stated that Nigeria’s hope would only be assured when vibrant youths like them take bold steps in ensuring that the menace of corruption is curbed.
Mr. Oglafa highlighted enforcement, prevention, publicity and education as the Commission’s major approaches in fighting corruption noting that the corps members’ strategies were in tandem with the last two.
According to him, “the fight against corruption goes beyond the pages of newspapers. For long-lasting change, ICPC focuses more on the preventive approach in curbing the menace of corruption in Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government.”
During the course of the event, Heads of Departments and Units of ICPC took turns to brief the corps members on their various activities all aimed at making the Commission achieve success in its mandate.
In a presentation by Education Department, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, charged the corps members to stand up for the future they want by “acting against corruption through imbibing the culture of integrity and good moral standards at their personal level.”
The event also featured a drama presentation titled “It’s a Circle of Corruption in our Society” by some of the corps members. The play explored corruption in all aspects of the society: legislature, health, education, the borders, and marketplace and even among security guards.