By James Sowole

A Non-governmental Organisation, Anti-corruption Awareness Organisation has selected 501 primary and secondary schools in Ondo State for training and campaign against corruption.

The training tagged ‘Operation Catch them Young’ will involve reaching out to about 25,000 pupils of primary and secondary schools in selected schools across the 18 local government areas of the state for training and reorientation on how to achieve a corrupt-free society.

The Deputy National Chairman of the Anti-corruption Awareness Organisation, Dr. Bode Olawoye, who disclosed the plan of the organisation to journalists in Akure, said the aim of the group is to inculcate integrity in youths from primary school level.
He said the 501 primary and secondary schools were specifically chosen from the 5,158 schools in the state where 25 students were picked from each of the chosen schools.

He said the project would involve the establishment of anti-corruption clubs in the schools, adding that each club would elect its officers in line with the principle of democracy.
Olawoye stated that the programme would run for three years after which, if successful, would continue and spread to the other schools. He added that a billboard would be erected in front of the selected schools where messages of anti-corruption would be inscribed boldly.
“The idea is that the anti-corruption message on the billboards will communicate to the students and it is expected that the message will have effects on their lives. We are doing this to complement the efforts of the government at eradicating corruption in our society and we believe we can involve the children in the campaign so as to give them good orientation while they are still young.”

He said the selected students in each school would elect officers among themselves without the influence of their teachers, adding that each selected school would be awarded certificate by the organisation and the certificates would have personal index numbers.