By Albert Akpor
THE Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offenses Commission, ICPC and the Lagos State government are working in close collaboration to fight corruption from the grass root. This they have started by institutionalising anti-corruption clubs in secondary and tertiary institutions in the state.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefuure, while addressing an audience at the launch of the programme recently in Lagos said the for country to effectively fight the hydra-headed monster called corruption, it has to stop criticising public office holders perceived to have abused their positions.
Rather, the fight, she said, should start from the grassroot level, adding that the menace has eaten deep into the fabric of the society. The Deputy Governor was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Omorala Erogbogbo. According to her: “We seem to have forgotten that this corruption has been with us for a long time.
“The point is that bad followers are potential bad leaders. Little acts of corruption blossom into full-fledged scandal. So if you ask me, I will simply say that the answer to our problem of corruption does not lie in criticism or crucifying public officers, neither does it lie in creating and inventing new techniques and methods for combating corruption; it does not lie in the formation of scary forces.
“It is a gradual and steady re-orientation and infusion of new moral and ethical values into the society. It is the proactive sensitisation of the young and upcoming ones who will one day sit at the helms of our affairs.”
Corroborating the Deputy Governor’s claims, the Head of Department, Directorate of Education of ICPC Abuja said: “The youths of a nation are its future, its hope and its heirs.
It is the aggregate of the efforts we put in now to re-orientate our youths towards hard work, honesty and integrity that will translate to a better future for Nigeria”.