By Stanley Onyekwere
In continuation of effort to instill core values and virtues in children as they grow to become responsible, and live in corruption-free society, the Economic Financial Crime Commission is seeking support of the FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB), so as to achieve the objective.
Our correspondent reports that the Commission formally paid a visit to the management of the Board, last week, with a view to sensitized and enlightened the staff and schools under the Boards management.
Welcoming the EFCC Team to the Board, SEB’s Ag. Director, Mrs. Nanre Emeje said it was heartwarming to see the government agency going out to seek for resulted oriented partnership with other organizations, in order to sustain and enhance their services of fight against corruption.
She opined that there is need to catch the students young by inculcating in them at an early age the values that have eroded the society such as discipline, honesty, selfless service and respect for elders, patriotism, love and communal relations among others.
She added that, inculcating these virtues will guaranteed a brighter future for children, as emerging leaders of the scociety.
Emeje reiterated that the FCT Secondary Education Board has been in the forefront of teaching the students holistic Education which emphasis on good morals and acceptable conduct in the society.
Similarly, Chairman of the Board, Mr. Sunny Moniedafe acknowledged the great role of the anti graft agency and its resolve to fight endemic menace ravaging the society.
Moniedafe noted that though it is an enormous task, but the foundation to overcoming has been laid.
He described it is a collective fight, and assured the agency of the readiness of the Board to give maximum support to them in totally eradicating this deadly vices in schools and country as a whole.
Earlier, the EFCC Head, Enlightenment and Reorientation, Mr Samin Amaddin and Hajia Zainab Bello Tifi, in charge of Schools integrity Club respectively said, the organization is not leaving any stone unturned in its fight against corruption hence it deems it fit to move to the Education sector where impactful learning and teaching takes place as well as catching them young for lasting effect.
They maintained that the fight against corruption can not be left alone for the law enforcement agencies but for all hands to be on deck ,synergize with other agencies to build and leave a better and productive country for the younger generation.
Equally, the EFCC scribes decried the deteriorating situation where the commonwealth of the country has been drained and unlike what was obtained in those days,where many people enjoyed free education and scholarship and maintain good conduct all through as well as responsible citizen adding that, the culture of being ones brother’s keeper have longed been forgotten in our daily lives.
The Commission opined the education sector is a stakeholder in the ongoing fight against corruption, hence it is creating a platform called Integrity clubs for the students to key in for the fight against corruption.
Furthermore, it was explained that, EFCC recognised the important role of the teachers, parents and guardians stressing that,the change agenda will bring about attitudinal change which the teachers can inculcate in the students lives without bending the rules to suit ourselves or comprising the due process for personal benefits .
EFCC therefore solicited for support and called on the management to continue to campaign against corruption at all levels.