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Be Disciplined, EFCC Boss Tasks Nigerian Youths

Kayode Adelowokan

The Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has called on Nigerian youths to be disciplined and shun all acts of corruption.

EFCC chairman Lamorde

EFCC chairman Lamorde

Lamorde disclosed this during the inauguration of EFCC Integrity Club at Police Secondary School, Ita-Ogbolu, Akure, Ondo State.

The EFCC Boss who was represented by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Osita Nwajah, said that the Integrity Club was envisioned by the Commission to instil core values of honesty, fairness, responsibility and respect for self, others and citizenship in the minds of young people.

According to him the youth needed to imbibe this core values in order to create a better future for the nation. “Corruption can be best prevented if an individual imbibes strong moral values of integrity, honesty, accountability, transparency, fairness, equity and trust,” adding that, “for the fight against corruption to be won, there has to be a deliberate shift from traditional law enforcement to crime prevention through education and citizens engagement.” “It is for this reason that the Commission established the EFCC Secondary School Integrity Club”, he stated.

The Ondo State Commissioner for Education, Jide Adejuyigbe, who was represented by A.O Adebayo, in his remark, admonished the students to take advantage of the Integrity Club to remodel their life, adding that the future of any nation lies in the hands of her youths. He urged the students to be good ambassadors of their school and the nation at large.

Also speaking, the Director of Police Education, Ibrahim Kabiru, who was represented by Austin Odion, noted that corruption in schools are of different shades which include cheating during examinations, bullying of junior students, lying, and hoodwinking teachers in order to get pass to go home. He urged the students to join hands with the EFCC in fighting corruption and other social vices in order to make the society a better place.

Earlier, the Head, Enlightenment and Reorientation Unit, Aisha Larai Musa, enumerated some of the activities of the club which included lectures, essay writing, debates, drama, cartoons and comic creations, musical concert, quiz and sport competitions. She said integrity is a basic tool in the fight against economic and financial crimes and admonished the students to embrace Integrity, hard work, discipline and avoid greed and idleness.

The Commandant of the School, Haruna Limachi in his speech called on government at all levels to focus more on youth empowerment saying that if youths are adequately empowered they will contribute meaningfully to the development of our country. The Commandant noted that the process of moulding the character of a child is not only found in the classroom but also in participating in different extra-curricular activities in the school. He thanked the EFCC for her foresight in establishing integrity clubs in Secondary Schools across the Country particularly in Akure.



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