The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has taken its campaign against corruption to secondary school students in Rivers State with the revalidation of School Anti-Corruption Clubs (SACs).
Speaking at the event in Port Harcourt, the head, Education Department, ICPC, Chief Superintendent Hezekiah Ikoh, said the SAC initiative would serve as a vehicle to project the values taught in the classrooms and ground students in practical behaviour.
Ikoh said: “The SAC initiative will serve as a vehicle to project the values taught in the classrooms and ground students in practical behaviour. Thus, value reorientation is the core focus of formation of Anti-Corruption Clubs in secondary schools.
“Indeed, this is the vehicle through which the commission is educating young minds on the fundamentals of anti-corruption. Members are expected to be whistleblowers, challenging and reporting lack of integrity.”
He applauded the contributions of the Youth Alive Foundation (YAF), a nongovernmental organisation registered with ICPC National Anti-Corruption Coalition (NACC), the Department of International Development (DFID) and the Rivers State Secondary Education Board, towards the success of the revalidation exercise.
Earlier in a lecture titled; “ Fight for Your Dreams: Fight for Your Future”, a Principal Superintendent of ICPC, Mrs. Kemebadikumo Badejo, said corruption lowers the quality and standard of education, as well as increases unemployment and crime in every society.
Badejo listed corrupt acts among the youths to include examination malpractice, falsification of results, reports and records as well as cultism which can lead to other vices such as armed robbery, drug abuse and bullying.