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ICPC Inaugurates 2,000 Anti-Corruption Clubs, Vanguards In 20 Years

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences (ICPC) has said it has inaugurated over 2,000 anti-corruption clubs and vanguards since the initiative’s commencement in 2003.
The Resident Anti-corruption Commissioner of ICPC in Kaduna, Hassan Mohammed, said this yesterday at the formal inauguration of anti-corruption clubs in 30 schools within Kaduna metropolis.
The schools included Government Technical College, Malali, Rimi College, GSS, Narayi, GSS Kawo, Best Scholars (Benevolence), and ECWA Secondary School, among other government and private schools within Kaduna metropolis.
Mohammed said that all hands must be on deck in fighting corruption, adding that the anti-corruption clubs serve as means in inculcating the tenets of good behavior, ethics and integrity.
“We want to catch the students young now there minds are not poisoned by corruption and other vices so we believe this is the time to train their minds as to what we want the country to become,”he said
Mohammed explained that ICPC engaged members of the clubs and vanguards in line with the guidelines of their establishment, in sensitisation activities as well as essay writing, poetry, recitations, debate and quiz competition among others.
He said that such competitions were open to all schools with anti-corruption clubs, adding that that ICPC has enjoyed very cordial working relationship with the State Ministry of Education.
This, he said, has been through its public education outreach initiatives such as formation of such clubs and the introduction of National Values Curriculum for basic education.
According to him, the bedrock of any societal development, peace and stability are the youths, which triggered the ICPC to came up with the idea of targeting and engaging them through strategies such as NYSC CDS group.
Mohammed said the commission also target Students Anti-Corruption Vanguard (SAV) in tertiary institutions, Students
Anti-Corruption Clubs in secondary schools, National Values Curriculum (NVC) and Integrity Lecture Series, among others.
This is in order to inculcate the culture of Integrity, transparency and accountability at their early age.
He thanked the administrators of both the public and private schools that have assisted in mobilising the audience, especially the club advisers and students.
Formally administering the oath of membership to the students, Mr Mathew Mamman, ICPC’s Head of Legal Services in Kaduna, said prosecution of offenders was cost effective.
He, therefore, said that breeding students into the anti-corruption clubs was a step towards curtailing the menace of corruption in the society.
Mamman explained that the students would become vanguards of anti-corruption in their schools.
He said with the support of anti-corruption advisers in the students’ various schools, they would be able to suggest and advise on ways towards mitigating corruption in the schools.
Mamman tasked the students with discipline, respect and dedication in their academic pursuit.
Speaking on behalf of Zabib College, one of the anti-corruption clubs beneficiary school, Mr Usman Ahmed, the school’s’ anti-corruption club adviser, said through the club activities, students would be inculcated with the values of honesty and integrity.
He said that the students would begin to fight corruption at an early age which would be beneficial to them and their peer groups.
To the school, Ahmed said, the club would help cut unwanted behaviors like stealing, examination malpractice and sexual harassment, among others.
Similarly, Malam Muhammadjamiu Hussein, the anti-corruption club adviser in Best Scholars (Benevolence), said the club would curtail examination malpractices, combat moral decadence and inculcate didactic essence in the students.

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Substance Abuse Becoming Thing Of Concern -Odu

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Prof. Ngozi Nma Odu, has lauded the important role pharmacists play in the wellbeing of the society.
Odu gave this commendation while playing host to members of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Rivers State Branch at the Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday.
The deputy governor said while others are sleeping, pharmacists work hard “to ensure we all live in a better society, especially when you talk about the dangers of substance abuse.”
Odu stressed that, “It is really becoming a thing of great concern because of the level of children getting involved in this thing. It is even coming down to primary schools which now increases the burden of what you are doing, so we appreciate you for what you are doing for the society which we all are living in.”
The deputy governor extolled the lady pharmacists for the scholarship scheme they were sponsoring, noting that it was “amazing because when you change the narrative of somebody’s life, you become what they call a destiny helper.”
The deputy governor added, “So, for me, it is something I would encourage. Even the Bible says when you do it for them you have done unto God. It is a thing we get a lot of blessings out off, you may not see it now but some day it will definitely come.”
She expressed gratitude to them for their support for the Fubara-led administration which according to her has continued to spur them into action.
“Let me thank you for upholding the governor and myself in prayers, because without prayers we won’t be here, many people have prayed and God has heard, please do not stop, even for good governance, we need God to grant us the wisdom and knowledge of what to do”, she said.
In her remarks, Chairman of the Rivers State Branch of Association of Lady Pharmacists of Nigeria, Ebelechukwu Odom, said they were at the Government House to identify with the Governor Fubara-led administration in the ongoing restructuring of the state, and pledged their allegiance and unflinching support to the administration.
She assured that they would utilize the competences of Lady Pharmacists in Rivers State and synergize with partners for improvement in health, education, research development and socio-economic wellbeing of humanity through relevant and appropriate interventions, projects and programmes.

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RSG Denies Rumours Of Cholera Outbreak In Soku

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The Rivers State Government says it is not aware of any cholera outbreak in Soku community in the Akuku Toru Local Government Area of the State.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt by the State Ministry of Health.
According to the statement signed by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Adaeze Chidinma Oreh, the clarification was necessary following numerous enquiries from the media over a purported outbreak of cholera in Soku community.
The statement read in part, “The Rivers State Ministry of Health has received numerous enquiries from the Press regarding an alleged outbreak of cholera in Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area.
“Public health teams dispatched to investigate these alleged cases and deaths have so far received no confirmation of such.”
While describing cholera as a waterborne infectious disease, the commissioner said that the disease is notifiable, warranting escalating reports from disease surveillance and notification officers at the community level.
The statement clarified that the ongoing medical outreach in Soku community is in no way related to any outbreak of cholera.
“Outreaches have always been a way of getting accessible health care to underserved and vulnerable population, however, all such outreach activities must be conducted with approval from and in collaboration with the State Ministry of Health and as such no entity should be conducting outreaches outside the coordination of the ministry”, it warned.
The ministry further said that all infectious diseases of this nature are reported, managed and escalated by the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
Dr. Oreh said the statement should serve as a strong warning to anyone conducting or planning health activities without due recourse to the Rivers State Ministry of Health.
She added that any such activities found to be carried out without the knowledge and clearance of the State Ministry of Health will be fully investigated and dealt with in order to ensure the protection of the lives of the people.
“Therefore, the general public and members of the Press are advised to disregard the rumours making the round on an ongoing outbreak of cholera and the death of some citizens of Soku community in Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State as it is presently unfounded, misguided and capable of causing panic amongst citizens and residents.
“The general public is thus urged to remain calm and rest assured that the Rivers State Ministry of Health will continue to be a veritable source of public health information in the state”, the statement concluded.

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Bill On State Police Scales Second Reading

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The House of Representatives, yesterday, passed for second reading a bill to provide for the establishment of state police in the country.
Sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Benjamin Kalu and 14 others, the bill seeks to alter the relevant Sections of the 1999 Constitution to pave the way for states to establish their own policing outfits.
As lawmakers took turns to contribute to the debate on the floor of the House during yesterday’s plenary, Kalu who stood in for the Speaker, Abbas Tajudeen, urged members to look beyond political ambitions and think about the safety of Nigerians and Nigeria.
Also speaking, Babajimi Benson (APC, Lagos) said, “It is the job of the police to maintain law and order. We have a population of over 200m people but we have a police strength that is less than 400,000. State Police should be created to address the internal security challenges of Nigeria.”

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