From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Considering the rise in corruption and criminality in the society, a civil society group, We The People-Center for Social Studies and Development, has kick-started an anti-corruption programmes for youths and students in tertiary institutions, a way to reduce the menace of corruption in Nigerian.
The students selected from various institutions of higher learning in Rivers State and Abia were brought together yesterday in Port Harcourt, to know the damages of involving in corrupt practices and patronizing the act also.
Some of the students who spoke with The AUTHORITY identified and highlighted some experience they have had in school as corrupt practice.
Humphrey Celestine, a student of Ken Saro Wiwa Polytechnic, Bori and Mezi Princewill, a student of Rivers State Collage of Health Sciences and Technology, said the programme has exposed them to various causes of corruption, institutions and what corruption has done to the country at large.
One of the converners of the event, Nora Effiong said the participants were asked to speak up when victimized or facing challenges in school and society, disclosed the theme of the programme as curbing corruptions amongst youths in tertiary institutions.
Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the group, Ken Henshaw, said the anti-corruption programme is an initiative of We The People, an “idea to mobilise young Nigerians to actually fight corruption”, adding that the programme would ensure that the Nigerian youths who are the most impacted by corruption, join the fight against corruption in the country.
Henshaw said “We are building a capacity, giving them the skills, knowledge and the strength to speak up against corruption, to report and resist corruption whenever it occurs.
“Recently, we had a camp programme for a period of five days where we had about 80 young Nigerians drawn from Rivers State principally on tools and skills to fight corruption. This is our attempt to make this through tertiary institute.
“As many trainings that we conducted, our commitment We The People is that we will definitely continue to provide schools skills and opportunities to young Nigerians to be able to fight corruption. Our reason is that corruption affect them the most.”