The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has urged Nigerians to avoid corrupt practices, arguing that it is cheaper to prevent corruption than to fight it.
The Anambra State Resident Anti Corruption Commissioner ( RACC), Godwin Oche, at a function organized by the Anambra State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, in Awka, described corruption as the bane of Nigeria’s development.
Oche, who was represented by the officer in charge of Public Enlightenment and Education, Mr. Inalegwu Shaibu, observed that the media has a major role to play in the battle against corruption and assured of ICPCs cooperation in that regard.
He said: “Corruption has been a major problem hindering the growth and development of the country. “Preventing corruption is quite cheaper to the government than prosecution. We advocate 60 percent prevention and 40 percent investigation and prosecution.
“ICPC collaborates with schools, journalists, and other stakeholders to teach them what constitutes corruption and the importance of abstaining from corrupt practices”.