The Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has conducted a training workshop for the formation of an Integrity Club (I-Club) on the campus of the University of Liberia (UL), a release has said.
As an integral component of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) funded Open Expenditure Initiative Project, the workshop convened approximately 75 students who benefited from the training on integrity, leadership and good governance issues.
UNDP representative Boye Johnson reaffirmed the entity’s continued support to the formation of the University Integrity Club.
Mr. Johnson challenged those willing to become members of the club to exhibit exemplary lifestyles rather than allowing themselves to be carried away by the spoiled political system.
He described corruption as an abstract term that is very difficult to fight physically, adding, “It therefore requires concerted efforts by all well-meaning citizens particularly from the education sector.”
Johnson charged students to be torchbearers in the fight against societal ills that often result from illiteracy and poverty and lead to civil discontent and violent conflicts.
The Coordinator of the project, Gerald Dan Yeakula, admonished participants to see the I-Club as an opportunity to build their capacity and youth empowerment. He noted that the I-Club can form a critical mass of young people determined to be leaders in their respective professions.
The ongoing UNDP/CENTAL I-Club formation is a pilot exercise aimed at tackling corruption at the level of the education sector by creating a mass movement of the youth population that says no to corruption and promotes integrity values in schools.
I-Club UL is a forerunner to others in the pipeline in universities to spearhead engagements around integrity issues that involve various stakeholders from university campuses and society in general.
The idea of an integrity club originated in 2006 with the understanding that achieving national decentralization requires CENTAL and other relevant good governance advocates. CENTAL, with support from partners including the American Embassy and ActionAid-Liberia, has established integrity clubs in Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Grand Bassa and Grand Gedeh counties.
Membership to the I-Club is open to all who abstain from corruption and uphold transparency, accountability and integrity in all their dealings.
Anti-corruption activist and CENTAL Program Manager, Anderson Miamen, addressed the workshop on the topic: Understanding Corruption: Its Ramifications and Effects, Causes and Remedies.
Norris Tweah, vice president, UL Relations, lectured on “The Place of Integrity in Creating an Enabling Environment for Youth Development,” while the lecture on “Leadership and Tips for Success” was delivered by Mohammed Bility, Deputy Commissioner of Customs for Policy and Compliance at the Bureau of Customs and Excise.