Sports have been identified as not only a unifying force but strong instrument to be used to campaign against corruption among the youths.
The Honourable Chief Commissioner of the Public Complaints Commission, Hon. Abimbola Ayo-Yusuf during a Press briefing on Wednesday said the choice of sports by Anti-Corruption bodies as tools to fight corruption among the youths is because of its ability to bring together a large number of people together.
The Chief Ombudsman of Nigeria announced that the Commission would be hosting the Fourth Edition of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon and Youths/Students Summit on Anti-Corruption on 1st October,2022 to celebrate this year’s Independence Day.
Hon. Ayo-Yusuf said the National Anti-Corruption Marathon is organized annually by Anti-Corruption bodies to engage the youths positively and sensitize them to shun corruption.
He said the role of PCC in fighting corruption is largely preventive and gave the assurance that the Commission will continue to diversify its approach towards achieving this goal.
The Honourable chief Commissioner who also unveiled the Marathon Portal called on the youths to take advantage of the opportunity and register for the race.
He enjoined all stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians to support the event which he said is part of uprooting corruption.
Giving further clarification on the event, the National Coordinator of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon , Mr. Onuh Jacob stated that there would be 500 Marathoners in this year’s race which will involve both men and women from all walks of life.
Other dignitaries who spoke at the Press briefing included the Chairman House Committee on Ethics and Public petition, Hon. Jerry Alagboso, Representative of the Chairman Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption, Senator Suleiman Abdu Kwari, Secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Dr. George Ekpungu and representatives of heads of ICPC, Code of Conduct Bureau, Ministry of Youths and Sports Development and NGOs.
All the the dignitaries that spoke at the briefing acknowledged that the fight against corruption should be diversified and embraced by all.