Lagos, March 14, 2019 The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Thursday took its anti-corruption crusade to the Federal College of Education (Technical) in Akoka, Lagos State, inaugurating the Students Anti-Corruption Vanguard (SAV).
The move, according to the commission, is part of efforts to fight corruption in higher institutions of learning.
Mr Shintena Binga, the Zonal Commissioner, Lagos Zonal Office, while inaugurating the vanguard, said the commission had to partner with students to eliminate corruption from the society.
According to Binga, students are a critical segment of the society and the commission does not miss any opportunity to train them on how to join the fight against corruption.
“For us to have a nation that we can all be proud of, students should be involved in the fight against corruption.
“Youths are mostly affected by the negative effects of corruption, and if left unchecked, will destroy their dreams,” he said.
The zonal commissioner was represented by Mrs Mary Omonoyan, Senior Officer, Education Unit of ICPC, Lagos Zonal Office.
Binga also said that the commission was delighted to interact with students of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos.
“Youths are strategic partners in the crusade against corruption because they have the vibrancy, physical and mental alertness, passion for life, creativity and exuberance to make them instruments for social change.
“There are two things that can stop you from achieving your dreams; these are corruption and you.
“If you do not fight corruption, it will fight you and your dreams,” he said.
Binga said that corruption among the students included examination malpractice, falsification of certificates, reports and records.
“Others are lack of accountability to parents on school fees and other monies, sex for marks and cybercrime internet fraud, cultism, drug abuse, bullying, lying, cheating and stealing.
“Corruption is a dream killer because it can stop one from achieving his dreams; fight corruption before it kills your dreams,” he said.
Oluwabamidele Ojo, a 300 level student of the school, who was one of the ICPC vanguards, said that he joined it to fight stealing on campus.
Ojo said he was once a victim of stealing in the hostel.
“Each time they steal in hostels, I always feel sad. So, I joined the vanguard to contribute my quota and reduce stealing on campus,” he said.
Miss Olayinka Fayemi, a 300 level Biology Education student of the school, also said she joined the group to fight corruption.
Fayemi said that examination malpractice was rampant among the students.
“During the last semester examination in my school, a student that sat beside me was carrying an expo, I knew fully that if I didn’t expose her, she might implicate me.
“So, I shouted and she was caught and disciplined immediately.
“I’m in ICPC SAV to be able to fight corruption in the school and outside,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no fewer than 100 students of the institution voluntarily joined the anti-corruption vanguard.