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THE Osun State Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) have concluded plans to collaborate for the commemoration of the 2023 Children’s Day Competition in the State.
This was made known in a Press Release by the Resident Anti-corruption Commissioner of ICPC in Osun State, Mr. Demola Bakare fsi made available to SOJ WORLDWIDE.
Bakare said the ICPC believes in the engaging the youths in the Anti-corruption campaign and the proposed debate would be an opportunity to inculcate discipline and Anti-corruption tendencies in youths particularly secondary school students.
During a courtesy visit to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry at Abere. Osogbo, Bakare said that the visit was also informed by the need to enhance more collaboration between the Commission and the Ministry in order to promote the formation of more Students Anti-corruption Clubs (SACS) in both primary and secondary schools in the state.
He clarified that even though ICPC is a Law Enforcement Agency, however the Commission also vigorously pursues it’s preventive mandate as a change agent.
He further explained that ICPC’s preventive mandate focuses on Ministries. Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that their processes, procedures and system are free from corruption.
The RACC explained that for the proposed debate competition, Schools with existing Students Anti-corruption Clubs would be involved, while he added that there are plans to institutionalize a quiz competition in commemoration of International Anti-corruption Day on 9th of December every year.
Responding to the delegation from ICPC, the Permanent Secretary and Acting Commissioner of Education, Mr. Adelani Aderinola, expressed his willingness to partner with ICPC by giving adequate support to ICPC’s Schools Outreach Programs, behavioural change initiative and the campaign against corruption in general.