Advocacy Centre, ICPC Mark Anti-Corruption Day with Street Walk, Town Hall Meeting in Rivers State
Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) united with other non-governmental organizations to mark the World Anti-Corruption Day 2019 in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on December 9. The walk started by 9AM at the rendezvous at Kaduna/CFC Junction along Aba road and continued through fruit garden market to Okija Street to Ikwerre road to Mile 1 flyover bridge and terminated at the Rivers State Pavilion at Isaac Boro Park. The theme of this year’s world anti-corruption day is “United against Corruption”. Other organizations that also participation in the 2019 anti-corruption day activities in Port Harcourt include Rivers State Anti-corruption Network, Community Anti-Graft Initiative, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Rumuola Youth Forum, Social Action, Kabetkache Women Development and Resource Center, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), etc. During the street walk, participants held banners and placards with the inscription “Expose corruption”, “Wetin we gain with corruption?”, “Giving bribe, no matter how is a crime”, expose corrupt public office holders”, “Corruption Must Go”, etc. The high point of the day’s walk against corruption was the retiring of the team to a town hall meeting at Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt where the Rivers State Commissioner of the ICPC, Mr. Alexander Chukwurah addressed the people and the media about the efforts of his commission in the fight against corruption. Other representatives of each organizations present as well as other participants also spoke about their efforts in the fight against corruption. In his speech, the Executive Director of Advocacy Centre, Mr. Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface spoke about the anti-corruption stands of Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre as a thematic advocacy area of the organization. He also spoke about Advocacy Centre’s partnership with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the organization’s compliance with the anti-money laundering Acts and registration with the Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML). As according to him, “…the development that we all work to achieve in society will only be achieved when we remove corrupt practices from development process, hold our public office holders to account to free-up resources for development and good governance”. Mr. Fyneface used the medium to talk about planned activities of Advocacy Centre for the mobilization and sensitization of One Million Youth Volunteers in the Niger Delta to among others report corrupt practices that contribute to the underdevelopment in the region. He invited the people to attend the regional flag-off of the campaign held on International Human Rights Day, Tuesday, December 10 in Port Harcourt.