By Kelechukwu Iruoma
The Executive Director, of a Non Governmental Organisation, “Corruption not in my counmtry, “Mr. Akin Fadeyi has said that in order to eradicate corruption in Nigeria, the war against corruption must be taken to secondary schools, a move that would tackle corruption at the grass root level.
Fadeyi said this during an anti corruption capacity building workshop for secondary school students held at Lagos Progressive Junior Secondary School, Surulere, Lagos.
The workshop which was sponsored by United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, under the project on support to anti-corruption in Nigeria and fully funded by the European Union, EU, was aimed at discouraging students who engage themselves in grass root corruption.
Fadeyi said, “You cannot undermine grass root corruption. Corrupt Nigerian leaders started involving themselves in corruption from the grass root. And that is what this NGO wants to stop. Corroption starts when school children lie to their parents and their eachers. When they steal fellow class mates money and eat their foods, etc.
He revealed that the challenges facing the education sector was as a result of corruption.
“My vision is to get people who believe in my idea of ‘Corruption, not in my country. When you have a sense of dignity, even if corruption is thrown at you, you will not embrace it. We are in a society where everything is measured by money.
“Government should not be pointed at all the time. You fight it from the bottom up, not up to bottom. I am passionate about our vulnerable education sector and that is why my team and I are taking the fight against corruption to secondary schools,” he said.
Speaking also, Nollywood actor and a lecturer at Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos, Afeez Ayetoro, popularly called Saka, stated that infrastructural decay currently affects the education sector. He added that corruption has damaged everything and destroyed the vision of the youths of this generation.
He said, “I feel sorry for this generation. It is not your fault. 95% of songs are aimed at money. Why not songs that solve problems? Nigerians chase money anyhow.