The students of University of Ibadan (Affiliated to Osun State College of Education, OSCOED, Ilesa) from the Department of Political Science, school of Arts and Social Sciences paid the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, a visit in furtherance of their search for knowledge. Present in the gathering were the staff of the commission and Political Science Department lecturers; I. A. Adedokun, M. A. Olatunji, and G. O. Olowu
In an opening speech of the Head of Department, Dr. Williams Alabi, ably represented by I. A. Adedokun, said the students are in the commissions office in Osogbo to learn more about the mode of operation of the agency, and informed them on how happy they will feel if the commission can go as deep as possible to help the students learn more.
State Commissioner, Mr. Suaab in his address mentioned that the commission has three mandates; Public education and mobilization, prevention and enforcement. The society at large are expected to assist with education and mobilization, as well as prevention, and that is why they have extended members of the commission at different levels of education who are expected to be the eyes and the ears of the commission in several places they cannot be. He went further to assure the students of more efforts by the commission alongside their lecturers to make sure Student Anti-Corruption Vanguard is established in OSCOED for them to be members.
Laaro Sulaiman from the education department of the commission charged the students to do all that is expected of them for us all to have a corrupt free society. He emphasized during the question time that Nigerians should desist from blaming leaders alone for any act of corruption; rather, we should let it start from us all as an individual.
In the address of Barrister Adetoye Kehinde, who represented the legal department, updated the students on the commission’s legal achievements. “As at 2017, the commission took 591 cases to court with over 150 convictions” He said. He further acknowledged the fact that several individuals have taken the commission to court too mainly on the infringement of their Fundamental Human Right, but so far, the commission won all the cases. This was said to emphasis how well the commission has been working in line with the dictate of the law.
The visitation did not go without a question on the genuity of the commission’s independence. In response to that, the state Commissioner said “The independent of ICPC is guaranteed as the President cannot remove the commission head without two third majority of the House of Assembly; likewise, funds do not directly come from the executive”.
The commission used the opportunity to announce the return of National Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corps, NAVC, for those who are interested in being the eyes and the ears of the commission.
The students’ representative, Kolebaje Isaiah gave vote of thanks to the commission for accepting them and acknowledged their efforts so far in fighting corruption, with an assurance of working in the path of righteousness and alerting the commissions on whatever that is important for them to know for the safety of all.