18th October, 2010
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) hasÂ called on all Nigerians to join hands with the commission to fight corruption in theÂ country.
Mr. John Okor Odey of the Public Enlightenment Department of the Commission, madeÂ the call at the pre-launch conference of the agencyâ€™s National Anti-CorruptionÂ Volunteer Corps (NAVC), held at its Ikoyi office of the agency recently.
He said the agency established the corps as a community-based arm of the agency toÂ help in enlightening the mass at the grassroots.
“ICPC gave birth to NAVC out of the agency’s desire to create an all-encompassingÂ platform that belongs to the people in fight against corruption.
“Before now, people see the fight against corruption as exclusive to those inÂ government, that is, the anti-graft agencies, but Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, chairmanÂ of ICPC, thought of creating a platform to enable everybody to participate in theÂ war against corruption,” he explained.
Comrade Akinyemi Badejogbin, the coordinator, Lagos State chapter of NAVC, said forÂ Nigeria to be free from corruption, the fight against corruption should start fromÂ the grassroots and involve traders, students, peasants, civil servants, professionalÂ bodies and men of like mind.
He called on all Nigerians to embrace the offshoot of the agency so as to put an endÂ all forms of corruption in the country.