Ahead of the May 27th celebration of this year’s Children’s Day, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Osun State Ministry of Education are mulling the idea of organising a Debate competition for secondary schools in the state as part of moves to engaging them in the anti-corruption campaign.
The idea for the debate was arrived at when the ICPC’s Osun State Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner (RACC), Mr. Demola Bakare, fsi led the Commission’s delegation on a courtesy call to the Permanent Secretary of the State’s Ministry of Education recently.
Mr. Bakare explained that ICPC believes in engaging the youths in the anti-corruption campaign, and as a result, the proposed Debate would be an avenue for youths in the state, particularly those in secondary schools, to contribute their quota to the campaign.
He further said that the visit was informed by the need to enhance more collaboration between the Commission and the Ministry in order to promote the formation of more Students’ Anti-Corruption Clubs (SACs).
The RACC explained that the planned Debate competition would be for schools with existing SACs, adding that there were also plans to organise a Quiz competition in commemoration of International Anti-Corruption Day coming up on 9th December later this year.
In his response, the Permanent Secretary and the acting Commissioner of Education, Mr. Adelani Aderinola, expressed his willingness to partner with the Commission to give adequate support to ICPC’s Schools Outreach programmes and to the campaign against corruption in general.