Secondary school students drawn from five schools in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, gathered at the Abuja Children’s Home, Karu, on January 24, 2019 to participate in the debate competition organized by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, HEDA in partnership with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC; National Orientation Agency, NOA and the Anti-Corruption Situation Room, ACSR.

Participants were tasked to debate for and against the topic, “Corruption has reduced the standard of funding of Education in Nigeria”, which was the theme of the debate competition.

They all agreed at the end of the day that corruption was a major impediment to the development of education and Nigeria as a whole.

In his remark, Executive Secretary of HEDA, Sulaimon Arigbabu, said that children needed to be enlightened about the ills of corruption in order for them to be positioned to take eradicate the plague that corruption has become.

“If we deal with corruption at an early stage, people will not be able to continue to perpetrate it,” he said.

The schools that participated in the debate are: Raberto Schools, represented by Aisha Abubakar and Ronke Salau who emerged the overall winners of the Competition; Talented Secondary School, Zone 6 Lugbe, who took the second position was represented by Ojodomo Flourish and Vincent Kimberly; Pyramid of Excellence Schools; Valencia Garden Estate, Dakwo District, represented by Cheryl Ugochi Abudu and Gabrielle Abudu who won the third position; the other schools who also participated in the debate are Newton National College, Mpape, and Havillaland Standard Academy, Idu-Karmo.

The event which also marked the official launch of the Child Anti-Corruption Board Game ended with award of Certificate of participation to all the participating schools.

Media & Publicity

25th January, 2019