Corruption and Underdevelopment

ICPC tasks anti-corruption on values

By Paul Michael, Abuja

Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has urged members of the Students Anti-Corruption Club to uphold positive values in their daily activities.

Mr Michael Atodo of the Public Enlightenment & Education Department of the ICPC gave the charge when some members of the Club, who are students of Government Secondary School, Lugbe, Abuja, paid an educational visit to the headquarters of the anti-graft agency.

Atodo explained that corruption erodes the ethical base of the society, and causes economic retardation which leads to infrastructural decay and a lack of basic amenities which were meant to be rendered.

He then urged the students to uphold diligence, excellence, honesty, merit, and integrity in all their dealings.

“ICPC has identified twelve (12) positive values that needed to be taught to every child and it is important that you abide by them all. These values include honesty, discipline, justice, the right attitude to work, citizen’s rights & duties, national consciousness, contentment, courage, concern for others, family values, religious values & traditional values,” he stated.

According to him, the Commission has been reducing corruption through its enforcement, prevention, and public enlightenment mandates, and has also achieved a lot through the passing and implementation of policies to mitigate the scourge of corruption not only amongst students but the society at large.

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He said, “The ICPC has achieved a lot of successes in reducing corruption – it has reduced impunity, it has instilled fear of punishment in Nigerians, inaugurated Anti-Corruption Clubs in secondary schools so I am urging you all to imbibe the virtue of integrity as change begins with you; report corrupt practices to ICPC and educate people around you on the ills of corruption and the need to cultivate those core values.”

Earlier in his address, Mr Kalu Collins, a senior officer of the Commission and representative of the Head of Public Enlightenment and Education Department, charged the students to shun corruption in any form because it is evil.

“It was about six months ago that we inaugurated you (Students Anti-Corruption Club) and you have deemed it fit to visit us today to know more about ICPC,” he said.

The students were conducted on a tour around the Commission’s detention facility, which was recently upgraded as part of the ongoing construction and renovation works at the headquarters.

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