By Kate Ebere

A Non-Governmental Organization, Global Society for Anti-Corruption, GSAC, on Thursday launched its campaign against all forms of corruption in primary and secondary schools in Enugu State.

The campaign launched at Tender Links Nursery/Primary Schools, Trans Ekulu, Enugu is a conscious effort to enlighten pupils and students on the dangers of corruption.

The South East/ South South Director of the organization, Mrs. Amaka Nweke, said that it had become necessary, to put in place measures aimed at salvaging the future of the country.

Nweke said that the campaign, which would be carried out in all primary and secondary schools across the country, had the backing of the Federal Ministry of Education.

The director said that in spite of the damaging effects of corruption, that there is hope for the country, if conscious plans were put in  place to direct young Nigerians, on the path of integrity.

“This is a grassroots campaign, aimed at salvaging the future of young Nigerians, in order to save them from falling into the same pitfalls which have held us down.

“We are going to lead the pupils and students through positive character formation processes, that will make them become people of integrity in future,” she said.

Nweke, however, said that the NGO was lacking the necessary logistic support it needed to effectively execute the project.

“Our aim is to replicate the programme in all primary and secondary schools across the country, but we do not have people supporting us.

“In spite of the obvious challenges we are encountering, we shall continue with the campaign across the country, starting with the South East and South South regions,” she said.

She said the sensitization campaign would be followed by the setting up of a GSAC Anti-corruption Clubs in the various schools.

She equally explained that the club would serve as a mentoring platform for the members.

“Part of the project is to conduct quiz and debates among members of the club at the end of every school year, aimed at inculcating certain good values to the pupils and students,” Nweke said.

In a goodwill message, the Proprietress of the school, Mrs. Ngozi Odebeatu, commended the NGO for the move.

Odebeatu said the campaign is a laudable idea, which would bring about character re-engineering, as well as restore the cherished norms and values of Nigerians.

The highlights of the programme were talks by representatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC,  and Daniel Ukwu Leadership Foundation.

The programme with the theme, ‘Save the Young’ was done in collaboration with Glo Nig. PLC., Anti-corruption Community Development Service of National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, among others.

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