Obinna Chima

Leap Africa yesterday unveiled e-Integrity, an online learning course as part of its contribution towards the fight against corruption.

The course, which was introduced at a forum in Lagos is expected to aid the teaching of value-based leadership in both public and private institutions.

The initiative was launched in partnership with Ford Foundation.
Promoters of the initiative described it as an interactive web-based learning experience targeted at youths and professionals. It is a accessible via mobile devices or laptop computers and engages users in games and virtual activities that build knowledge and decision making skills around ethics. It highlights corruption and the costs it imposes on individuals and the society, providing practical tips on how to address it.

Earlier in a panel discussion, the Founder of LEAP Africa, Ndidi Nwuneli, said the cost of corruption in the nation was endemic. She urged all Nigerians to embrace ethics and value re-orientation activities so as to help save the nation for the present challenges it is facing.

In her contribution, the presidential candidate of the Kowa Party, Prof. Remin Sonaiya, pointed out that there are so many rules and regulations in the civil service, which according to her creates confusion a times. According to her, Nigerians need to develop the sense of what is right and what is wrong. She also stressed the need for qualitative leaders government.

But the acting Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service, Mr. Muritala Suleiman, explained that there cannot be any institution, either private or public that can survive without rules and regulations.

He added: “There is need for re-orientation, we have to go back to the fundamental issues of values and ethics. Government is a collection of individuals, so if we all do the right thing as indivduals, it would be easy for governent to function properly and with the right values and ethics.”

The Controller of Publication at The Punch Newspapers, Mr. Joseph Adeyeye, said the fight against corruption is a collective responsibility and not just for the media alone. According to Adeyeye, there should be a collective resolve by practitioners in both the private and public sector to shun activities that promotes corruption.