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    Saturday, 23 November 2013

    Lagos students, teachers, others speak on corruption in Nigeria


    Friday, November 22, 2013, was like an ordinary day to most persons in Lagos, south-west Nigeria. But, to students of Gbaja Girls Junior High School, in Surulere, Lagos, it was a unique day.
    It was a day to speak out their minds on the link between corruption and criminalities in the country, whose estimated population is pecked at 160 million persons.
    Some secondary school students, who spoke with www.allvoices.com reporter called on the federal government to support and carry out regular campaign against corruption in all schools as part of efforts to checkmate criminal activities in Nigeria.
    A 15-year-old SS 3 student of New Era Girls Senior Secondary School, Surulere, Chisom Fredrick said that many parents don’t teach about corruption at home, stressing that government should do more in school.
    Another student of same class from Gbaja Boys’ Senior High School, Surulere, Qudus Oloto believes that corruption was going down in Nigeria due to different campaign against such.
    Oloto, however, urged the government to always punish corrupt persons caught in the country, noting that such action will scare the younger ones from participating in such crime.
    For Judith Opara, 16, and SS3 student of Gbaja Girls Senior High School, Surulere said the campaign brought to their school has imparted positively moral values.
    Mrs Mercy Ibilaye, an Assistant Director, Ministry of Education in Lagos State called on parents to teach their wards family values, stressing the need for them to follow godliness in school.
    Mr Akin Akinola, who represented the Special Adviser on Security matters to the Governor, Maj. Babatunde Panox Rtd told the students that everyone must be involved in fighting corruption.
    Akinola pointed out that improper dress b y students, cheating during exams, disrespect to elderly ones were all forms of corruption, urging them to start the crusade from themselves.
    He urged the students to join the whistle blowers by reporting any suspect crime in any form to elderly people around or the police, stressing that need for their self values.
    Earlier, the Director of Crime Network News an NGO, the organizer of the programme, Prosper Obi said that the campaign was taken to schools with a view to stop corruption between 10 and 15 years time.
    www.allvoices.com reports that seven secondary schools located in Surulere, Lagos with about 1000 students participated in the programme.Lagos
    eeudomyahoocom is based in Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.


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