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Shun corruption, embrace integrity —ICPC tells leaders

Shun corruption, embrace integrity —ICPC tells leaders

By Matthew Atungwu

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has advised Nigerian leaders in various capacities to eschew corruption in all forms and to uphold honesty and integrity in all of their endeavors.

The commission’s spokesperson, Mrs. Azuka Ogugua, gave this advice on Thursday at the 2023 Do The Right Thing Summit in Abuja.

According to Ogugua, a nation’s future was determined by the kind of leaders it had in places of government, including the federal, state, and local ones, as well as in educational institutions and workplaces.

She believes that in order to actualize the hopes and dreams of the people, the appropriate leader is required.

According to Ogugua, the commission was collaborating with young organizations and educational institutions to develop leaders who would always act morally.

She stated that the panel aspired to a society devoid of corruption in all its manifestations.

In order to facilitate productive cooperation, the spokesman urged all civil society organizations engaged in good governance and anti-corruption initiatives to register with the commission.

Regardless of the nation’s diversity, Chief Michael Nwadiora, the summit’s organizer, emphasized earlier in his speech the importance of Nigerians cooperating for a just society.

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He said that everyone is committed to igniting positive change and laying the groundwork for a future characterized by empowerment, empathy, and equity.

The conference, according to the organizer, was evidence of his dedication to building a brighter future.

He said that it will inspire future experts, thought leaders and changemakers from various fields to engage in meaningful conversations and inspire change.

He called on every Nigerian to be the kind of leader that Nigeria deserves, stating that personal change starts at home.

Meanwhile, the National Orientation Agency’s Director of Special Duties, Mr. David Akoji, praised the convener for organizing the summit.

 According to Akoji, changing people’s attitudes and helping them internalize the principles and ideals found in the Constitution is a job that cannot be completed by a single government body.

He congratulated the summit’s organizer, stating that it was a sign that people were starting to take part in national orientation.

In addition, Akoji urged those in positions of power and the government to uphold standards by making sure they always act morally.

Miss Mary Ukpai, the head girl of Government Secondary School in Apo Resettlement, Abuja, who attended the summit, emphasized the importance of using education as a tool for changing behavior.

According to Ukpai, a lot of individuals are unable to act morally, mostly as a result of ignorance brought on by Nigeria’s low educational standards.

Ukpai consequently demanded increased funding for education, arguing that it is necessary for a shift in mindset that will lead to a better nation.

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