FG inaugurates `Value Project’ to build a corrupt-free society

FG inaugurates `Value Project’ to build a corrupt-free society

The Federal Government on Thursday inaugurated a ‘Value Project’ programme to institutionalise anti-corruption campaign and build a corrupt-free society of younger generation.
Prof. Anthony Anwuka, Minister of State for Education, who inaugurated the project in Abuja said it was aimed at engendering social engineering through capacity enhancement of Nigerian children and youths.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project is one of the initiatives of the Federal Ministry of Education, Public and Private Partnership (PPP) intervention against corruption.
The initiative was also in collaboration with Youth, Health and Social Reforms (YOHESOR), a Non-Governmental Organisation.
Anwuka said that it was necessary for the education sector to inculcate moral values on the younger generation in order to build a corrupt-free society.
“The battle ground has now shifted to primary and secondary schools for the purposes of preventing corruption in our society.
“All children and youths, especially those in vulnerable situations, should have access to long learning opportunities to help them acquire the knowledge and skill needed to participate fully in our society.
“The value project is the hope for the future of the country,’’ he said.
He, however, called on stakeholders to give the project the necessary support it needed to actualise its mandate.
Sen. Victor Udoma-Egba, Chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission, said the inauguration was timely and critical to the development of the country.
He urged the younger generation to imbibe the moral value needed to project the country in good light.
“Every step to kill corruption in our country is timely and must be encouraged, we need to catch the children young and the easiest partner in this project are the children.
“There is also the need to draw moral and value architecture and to inculcate this new value in the young ones.
“The real resources of the country are the people and the youth just like oil is a resource,“ he said.
Udoma-Egbe said that the youths must be educated, skilled, motivated and empowered to avoid becoming a curse to the country.
He called on Nigerians to ensure that the youths become morally responsible and accountable by teaching them values that would enhance their productivity.
Dr Ijeomah Arodiogbu, National Coordinator, YOHESOR said the war against corruption was a battle for the survival of the soul of Nigeria.
He maintained that the behaviour of a child was a product of environment and learning.
Arodiogbu added that the project was a concept that was anchored on three key pillars of relationship, enterprise and social engineering.
“The concept of peer education has been recognised in social sector development as an effective educational approach for behaviour change communication.
He added that through the principle of multiplier effect, the trained students, peer educators would influence their peer group members to inculcate positive behaviours that would maximise the value project outcomes.
Arodiogbu added that in the process of implementing the strategies, YOHESOR had partnered with the Nigerian Educational Research Development Council (NERDC).
He said that a Technical Working Group for curriculum enrichment had been constituted towards the anti-corruption education campaign. (NAN)

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