Corruption: INAC to establish anti-corruption clubs across tertiary institutions
By Victor Habila, Kano
As parts of its efforts in fighting the act of corruption in Nigeria, a non-governmental organization known as Interfaith Network Against Corruption (INAC) is set to establish anti-corruption clubs in some selected Universities and Polytechnics across northern parts of Nigeria.
The organization organised a one-day training workshop for Students and lecturers from various institutions to aid the establishment of the anti-corruption clubs in their campuses.
The workshop, which took place at Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Studies, Bayero University Kano, was supported by MacArthur foundations and Mambayya house.
Speaking at the meeting, Co-chairman of INAC, Rev. Dr. John Namaza, decried the high rate of corrupt practices by politicians, public Officers, security agencies and the private sector, hence the need for establishment of the clubs.
He expressed that the youths are future leaders that needs to be educated on the act of corruption in order to curb its continuous occurrence in years to come.
Namaza said INAC is concerned with fighting against corruption by involving the two major religions in Nigeria, stressing that the both parties shall unite and fight the battle until it’s over.
Also speaking, an INAC Co-chairman, Dr. Bashir Aliyu Umar, who was represented by Mallam Muhammad Lawal Ishaq, said the act of corruption is entirely forbidden in the holy Qur’an, and should be avoided by both muslims and christians in Nigeria.
He described corruption as an evil act that tries to turn bad into good in the society.
Dr. Umar however mentioned that training the students and lecturers on the operation of INAC will help in enhancing transparency and accountability in governance.
Two students and a lecturer from each school were sent to represent their respective institutions in preparation for establishing the clubs in their campuses.
On his part, Secretary of the organization, Prof. Moses T. Aluaigba, declared that INAC would support the selected institutions to ensure a smooth running of the clubs, that he said will go a long way in curbing corruption in the country.
The selected institutions include; Federal University DutsinMa, Sule Lamido University Dutse, Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa University, Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Adamawa State University, Kaduna State University.
Others are; Federal University Lokoja, Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi, Plateau State University, among others.
INAC is a non-governmental organization established in 2016 with the aim of bringing together all religious leaders to incorporate their religious resources in combatting corruption in Nigeria.