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ICPC Inaugurates Students Anti-Corruption Vanguard (SAV) In LASU

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Nigeria's anti-corruption body, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Lagos Office, through its officials on Wednesday, 18th September, 2019 inaugurated the Lagos State University Chapter of it's Students Anti-Corruption Vanguard (SAV) Initiative at the University Auditorium, Main Campus, Ojo.

The exercise is on the approval of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju #Fagbohun , SAN, who was represented at the event by Dean, Students Affairs, Dr. Femi Obayori.

The Students Anti-Corruption Vanguard is an initiative of the Commission aimed at taking the campaign against corruption to higher institutions in the State by getting students volunteers on the train. Mrs Mary Omonoyan and Mrs Nike Ade-Adams led the #ICPC team to the inauguration.

In his opening address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun, SAN, who was represented by the Dr. Femi #Obayori , praised the students who took part in the programme for standing up to be counted in the fight against corruption.

"To be a part of this programme today, it means you must have given it a serious thought."

"Corruption is part of our country and when you choose to publicly standup against it, then you have taken a big decision."

"We need to build a culture of integrity and transparency and it's starts now. As students we must look inward and build for ourselves virile students bodies, and that needs determination, boldness and hard work. You must also study hard to know what you should know because at the end of the day, it's always about facts."

In her own speech, leader of the ICPC team, Mrs Mary Omonayan, noted that the inauguration was a first step in building a lasting relationship with the university.

"This is the beginning of a robust relationship between the ICPC, the Lagos State University and you the students."

She further revealed that the Commission was established 19 years ago on three key mandates: Prevention, Investigation and Prosecution of corrupt practices, saying that the SAV was a means of "catching them young" from schools.

The #Registrar of the University, Mr Olayinka #Amuni , represented by Mr Emmanuel #Fanu ; #Bursar , Mr Said Olayinka, represented by Mr Taiwo Omonyi and the Acting #Librarian, Mrs Ronke Bello, represented by Dr. O.O Makinde, in their comments, all charged the students to eschew corrupt practices and be examples of integrity wherever they found themselves.

The Youth Alive Foundation (YAF), an agency partnering the ICPC on the project was also on ground to enlighten the students on what constitutes corruption and how to report corrupt practices around them.

The programme also witnessed the election of the first set of Executives for the SAV just as the students took oath of allegiance to the body and the anti-corruption drive in Nigeria.

The inauguration is expected to be followed up with series of meeting and trainings for interested students.

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