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Student Unionism Has To be Free of Corruption – ICP

Wherever they are, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has urged students to demand accountability from government or leaders.

Mrs Mary Omonoyan of the Public Enlightenment and Education Unit, a representative of the Commission in Lagos State, delivered the accusation during the Lagos Student’s Summit and Leadership Awards, organized by the National Association of Nigerian Students to celebrate International Student’s Day.

The event was conducted at the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology, Victoria Island, Lagos State, with the theme “Students Unionism: Pathway Towards Democratic and United Nigeria.”

Mrs. Omonoyan, speaking to over 200 students from several institutions in a lecture titled “The Role of the Youth in the Fight Against Corruption,” exhorted the youths to be active members of society since adolescents are dynamic, creative, and have the mental alertness for social change.

Mrs Omonoyan added that because adolescents are the ones most affected by the negative results of corruption, and because if left ignored, it might destroy their ambitions, they must take an active role in combating the plague.

She concluded by suggesting that people participate in the fight against corruption by not only reporting incidents of corruption, but also by educating others about the dangers of corruption, participating in advocacy and electing people of integrity to positions of power, and by being diligent and disciplined.

She encouraged them to join ICPC’s different social media sites.

“Contrary to expectations in some quarters, creativity, brilliance, intelligence, moral uprightness, academic success, and decent movements towards national progress are attributes possessed by students that can be channelled into national development and the fight against corruption,” said NANS Chairman in Lagos, Comrade Abdulrasheed Ogunsanya, in his welcome remarks.

Dr. Olumuyiwa Viatonu, Director of Micheal Odetola College of Education, gave a presentation titled “Students Unionism: Pathway Towards Democratic and United Nigeria,” in which he discussed the necessity for a comprehensive overhaul of the education sector. He also advocated for intellectual and vice-free unionism.

Hon Tayo Sanyaolu, Senior Special Assistant, Tertiary Education, Students and Youth in Lagos State; Dr Daudu Rasheed, Dean, Student Affairs, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Lagos; and Hon Wale Raji, Member of the Federal House of Representatives, represented by Mr Mark Osifeko, also gave lectures.

Mrs. Omonoyan gave a presentation titled “The three C’s impacting our Society” at an event organized by Igbogbo Students’ Union, Ikorodu, Lagos, during their annual conference titled “Revamping Positive Unionism.”

Omonoyan gave a virtual lecture to ninety-six people in which he highlighted how Crime, Cultism, and Corruption influence the country and presented alternatives to corruption.

During the interactive session, students offered suggestions on how to combat corruption and resolved not to engage in electoral malpractice during elections, examination malpractice, or cultism, but rather to contribute their fair share in the fight against corruption with integrity and a positive mindset.

In his remarks, Tijani Abdulsalam, the President of the Union, said the talk was powerful and a call to action for the youth.

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