The head, Nigerian office of the MacArthur Foundation, Dr Kole Shettima, has said the grave consequences of corruption call for concerted advocacy.
Shettima, who spoke at the third annual anti-corruption star awards by Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria (SUSDEN), said the anti-corruption campaign was not an esoteric conversation because of the consequences of corruption, especially poor people.
He said, “The consequences of people who are dying on our roads as a result of badly constructed roads, the consequences of poorly trained teachers and poorly trained students, who now go into a generational illiteracy, the consequences of malnutrition that becomes that generational, and therefore, the inability of poor people to have a fully developed brain.”
He commended the group, adding that giving recognition to people who are very active in the anti-corruption campaign and affirming them publicly is a very important contribution.
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Among the 28 nominees for the 9 categories of awards, Jedidiah David won the Junior Young Anti-Corruption Star, while Oluwaseyi Tadagbe was the Senior Young Anti-Corruption Star.
For the Out-of-School Anti-Corruption Star category, Yetunde Olupo clinched the prize while Mercy Babajide was awarded the Teacher Anti-Corruption Star.