By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Hundreds of Children from 20 primary schools in Giwa, Kudan and Sabon Gari Local Governments in Kaduna State on Tuesday converged on the Sabon Gari Model Primary school to speak on the dangers of corruption on Nigerians.
The event which was put together by two Non-governmental Organizations, Nigerian Popular Theatre Alliance (NPTA) and Centre for Democratic Development Research and Training (CEDDERT), to mark the international anti-corruption day was aimed at creating awareness among Nigerians on the ills of corruption.
Speaking under the theme, ‘Shout out: Unite Against Corruption,’ the primary school children spoke and acted different plays to drive home the benefits of transparency and accountability among Nigerians.
The event also includes a road-show by the children in Sabon Gari local government through which they displayed banners in English and Hausa languages saying: ‘transparency pays, end corruption now, save our future, make our money work for us, say yes to a corrupt-free Nigeria, shout out against corruption.’
Using the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) as an entry point, the children spoke on how corruption has created difficulties against the smooth implementation of the school feeding programmes. They also said that endemic corruption has made it difficult for the provision of qualitative educational environment to them.
Both Professors Steve Abah from NPTA and Gwadabe Mustapha from CEDDERT who spoke after the programme said that collaborating with the primary school children is aimed at birthing a new Nigeria by sensitizing the young children to stand against corruption in any form as they grow up.
Also, NPTA and CEDDERT are among some NGOs involved in tracking the implementation of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) and funding from the Universal Basic Education (UBEC).