Mr. Michael Nzekwe, the Commander of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC, has expressed the commission’s commitment to incorporating anti-corruption education into the curriculum of various educational levels, ranging from primary to tertiary institutions.
Nzekwe made this declaration on Saturday while addressing students from the Department of Counsellor Education at the University of Ilorin. He encouraged the students to actively participate in the campaign against corruption.
“We firmly believe that introducing the concept of fighting corruption at a young age is crucial. It’s disheartening to witness some of your peers being convicted for cybercrimes. The prevalence of such crimes among young people deeply concerns the commission, which is why we continuously advocate against it,” Nzekwe stated.
He stressed that the fight against economic and financial crimes, particularly corruption, could only succeed if all stakeholders, especially the youth, actively embraced the effort. Nzekwe urged the students to approach their studies seriously and to avoid engaging in criminal activities. Instead, he encouraged them to embrace hard work as the legitimate means of achieving success.
“Steer clear of cybercrime, commonly known as ‘yahoo-yahoo,’ and advise your friends to do the same. The path to true recognition and fulfilment lies in diligence and dedication to your studies. Making cybercrime a way of life might yield quick gains, but ultimately, it leads to misery,” Nzekwe emphasized.
Earlier, Mr. Ayodele Babatunde, the Head of the Public Affairs Department of the Zonal Command, provided an overview of the EFCC’s background, mandates, functions, and core values. He highlighted the importance of the students’ role in securing both their personal futures and the country’s development.
Babatunde underlined the significance of taking the fight against economic and financial crimes seriously, urging the students not to view it lightly.
“As the future leaders, you possess the critical ability to transform this nation for the better. It’s unfortunate that corruption has become deeply rooted in our society, including among students. Corruption poses a grave hindrance to the country’s progress, causing issues like a weakened education system, crumbling infrastructure, insecurity, and other obstacles that hinder national development,” Babatunde emphasized.
He encouraged the students to utilize the recently launched “Eagle Eye App” to report any instances of corruption they encounter in their daily lives.
Dr. Foluke Bolu-Steve, a faculty member from the Department of Counsellor Education at the University of Ilorin, lauded both the EFCC and the University for educating the students during their study tour. She advocated for counselors to be included in the EFCC’s advocacy team and pledged the department’s support for the anti-corruption campaign.
The visit served as a practicum in counsellor education for second-year students (200 Level) at the University of Ilorin.
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