Graft: House seeks inclusion of anti-corruption programmes in primary, junior sec. school curricula

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The House of Representatives has called for the introduction of anti-corruption classes and training programmes into the curricula of primary and junior secondary schools in the country.

It said this would help in the fight against corruption and improve civil consciousness among the citizenry.

The position of the House was contained in a resolution it passed in Abuja on Wednesday.

It came following a motion moved by the Speaker, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, and three other members of the House.

The others were Rep. Aisha Dukku, Rep. Shehu Kakale and Rep. Musa Baggos.
The House resolved, as a practical step, to “convene a meeting of stakeholders in the education management and regulation sector to consider reviewing the primary and secondary school curricula to integrate anti-corruption
awareness courses and programmes.”

It urged its Committees on Basic Education Services and Legislative Compliance to give effect to the resolution.

The motion read in part: “The House notes that corruption is a scourge with devastating consequences on every facet of the Nigerian state, society and sectors of the economy;

“Aware that the blight of corruption in the Nigerian society is a source of concern for all well-meaning
citizens and friends of the country;

“Cognisant of the various anti-corruption efforts by successive governments that have not put an end to corruption in the country;

“Observed that unless drastic measures are taken with utmost urgency, corruption threatens to destroy the fabric of Nigerian society by continuously sabotaging our national sense of right and wrong
beyond repair;

“Also observed the increase of young people who are growing up in environments where casual
subversions of rules and law through acts of private and public corruption have become the norm;

“Perceived that one reason the fight against corruption has not achieved the desired objectives in the
country is the absence of a deliberate national strategy to engage citizens from the early stages of their lives to identify, challenge and defeat corrupt practices wherever they may exist or manifest;

“Confident that this narrative can be changed within a relatively short time, through sustained efforts
by government, civil society, religious organisations, and citizens working together to reprogram the way we think about the causes and consequences of corruption in our society.”

The resolution was passed in a unanimous voice vote.

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