ICPC Strengthens Its Youth Engagement in Abia State: Inaugurates 30 Anti-Corruption Clubs

In an event aimed at instilling ethical values and integrity on students, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) carried out the inauguration of 30 Schools Anti-Corruption Clubs in secondary schools in Abia State.

The event which took place recently at Ibeku Secondary School, Umuahia, Abia State was characterized by a variety of engaging activities and enlightenment programmes that underscored the significance of fostering a culture of transparency, accountability and ethical conduct amongst the youths.

Speaking at the event, the ICPC Imo State Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner (RACC), Mr. Peter Alumbugu, commended the students for their commitment to fighting corruption and encouraged them to be steadfast and persons of integrity while also serving as role models to their peers.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Abia State Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Eme, who was represented by the Director, Science and Tech Education, in the Ministry of Education, Deaconess Hope Nwosu, highlighted the Abia State government’s firm stance of zero tolerance towards corruption and corrupt practices.

He noted that creating the Anti-Corruption Club was a proactive strategy for addressing the growing concerns of corruption and anti-social behaviours in the country, especially in the education sector and called on the students to embrace discipline and hard work as essential elements for a successful life.

Prof. Eme, expressed his gratitude to ICPC for their noble initiative and appealed for the continued sustenance of education initiatives of the Commission.

Delivering a lecture titled, “Corruption and the Imperatives of Anti-Corruption Clubs in Secondary Schools”, Mrs. Chinwe Egbeocha, an Assistant Director with ICPC, provided insights into the purpose and objectives of the Clubs, admonishing the students to eschew all forms of corrupt practices and be models of integrity.

She went further to enlighten them on the effects of corruption and encouraged the participants to abhor and report corrupt acts to school authority and ICPC.

This session was followed by the administration of an Oath of membership on the students, which symbolised the commitment of the students to uphold ethical values and fight against corruption in their institution.

Dignitaries that attended the event include Principals from the attending schools and members of the ICPC/NYSC Anti-Corruption CDS group.