Dennis Okosun New: Imbibe Culture Of Honesty – EFCC Chairman Admonishes Students

The Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede, has charged youths and students across the country to imbibe the culture of honesty, integrity and avoid internet fraud and corruption.

He made the call on Friday, May 30, 2024, at Anglican Girls Grammar School, Apo, Abuja at the inauguration of the School’s Integrity Club.

Olukoyede, who spoke through the Deputy Director, Public Affairs Department of the Commission, DCE Nwanyinma Okeanu enjoined the students to make integrity their watchword always.

He also charged them to see corruption as unhealthy lifestyle that is inimical to the progress of individuals and country and warned them to shun all forms of corruption and internet fraud.

“In the instance of the school environment, corruption manifests as unhealthy practices such as lying, exam malpractices, internet fraud, stealing”, he said.

According to him, youths’ involvement in internet fraud is a threat to their future because of the risks of conviction and associated complications.

The EFCC boss disclosed that “corruption shows up when one decides to cut corners and throws good conducts to the dogs” stressing that they should endeavour to life an honest life.

“We are here because integrity should be the watchword of everyone especially the young ones. If you do not have integrity, you will be missing a lot in life, although to you, you are enjoying and gaining wealth but your life is gradually going down the drain”, he said.

Speaking on the Integrity Club, Olukoyede explained that the club was aimed at promoting positive values and good morals amongst all students in the country and urged them to work hard in being people of integrity and honesty and not make excuses for ill acts.

“I encourage you to take this club seriously and work with the EFCC in the pursuit of ridding this nation of all forms of economic and financial crimes and based on these submissions, I consider it a great privilege to launch an Integrity Club in your school today. I hope that every member, student and entire school community adopts the rules and regulations of the club and in the process make Nigeria better and greater”, he said.

The Head of Enlightenment and Reorientation Unit of the Commission, Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE II Aisha Mohammed, in her remarks said the Integrity Club is being established in schools across the country because EFCC believes in the youths as the ones that will bring about the change that Nigeria is yearning for.

 

“You are a special and important stakeholder of the EFCC and that is why we are try ing to educate and instill in you, the young ones the spirit of integrity. The mission of the Club is to develop, nurture and empower future leaders to be proactive ambassadors of integrity”

“Stand for the right thing and do the right thing always even when no one is watching as you are the future of Nigeria. Nigeria will always be home, we do not have any other country and as we all know, we are representatives of this great country and as such, we should thrive to be good representatives”, she said.

Mohammed further added that it’s rewarding to be a true ambassador and citizen of Nigeria and that it pays to be honest in ones activities.

In her words, “If you decide to emigrate to another country in order to escape the harsh realities here, instead of fixing things, what happens to people who do not have that opportunity? Being considerate is also a major indicator of integrity.

“Be a part of this fight against corruption, do what you can in your own little corner, do not wait for anyone to fix the country. If you all decide that individually, you will be a voice against corruption and help to spread the message of the EFCC.

 

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Earlier, the Vice Principal of the School Administration, Mrs Nkiru Nwafor in her welcome address, appreciated the EFCC, in its efforts to make Nigeria corruption-free

She welcomed the idea of the Integrity Club and promised to keep pushing her students to be good representatives of the School and the nation at large.

“We appreciate the EFCC team for deeming us worthy of being their ambassador. We are honoured by their presence and we are grateful that we get to have this Integrity Club as an arm of the Commission. We’ll do our best to make you proud”, she said.

The highlight of the event was the oath-taking ceremony by the Club members, Executives, and their Patrons, including the presentation of Integrity Club manuals and EFCC publications to the School.
[6/4, 6:59 PM] Dennis Okosun New: Mouka Partners Herconomy, 360 Complete Woman To Present Business Grants and Quality Sleep Solutions To Deserving Women.

 

For many years, Mouka has steadfastly committed to corporate social responsibility, as evidenced by its five CSR pillars: “Comfort for Children, Health Programs, Skills for Life, Disaster Relief, and Community Support.”

Under the ‘Skills for Life’ pillar, Mouka has consistently invested in scholarship and entrepreneurship programs, demonstrating its long-term dedication to empowering Nigerians to contribute to the nation’s economy.

As far back as 2019, Mouka began partnering with Herconomy (previously called AGS Tribe), Nigeria’s first Fintech company for women, dedicated to empowering female entrepreneurs and professionals through financial services, capacity building, community, and opportunities. Mouka teamed up with Herconomy to present cash grants to deserving women who balance entrepreneurship and motherhood despite numerous challenges and still contribute to sustainable development growth. Coined “Mum in Business,” the first grand prize winner was Maryam Adebola-Salami, founder of Mobaby Care Nigeria, an all-natural skin and hair care solutions company for children, who won based on the consistency and uniqueness of her narrative.

In May 2024, Mouka remained committed to supporting women by presenting N1,000,000 grants to three winners of the Mothers’ Day online engagement organized by Herconomy. These grants are aimed at enhancing their businesses. The mums also went home with high-quality Mouka mattresses and pillows for healthy sleep and improved well-being, recognizing the importance of rest in their busy lives.

The three mothers, Mrs. Blessing Olojo-Olayemi, Mrs. Ogooluwa Abidemi Badmus, and Mrs. Alausa Haleemah, were meticulously chosen after a rigorous selection process. They submitted videos showcasing their remarkable ability to balance business with motherhood. This online initiative, a collaboration between Mouka and Herconomy, ensured a fair and transparent selection process, making the winners truly deserving of the grants. Mrs. Blessing Olojo-Olayemi, with the business name ‘Motale Elekogbajumo’ for food processing and packaging, emerged as the first prize winner, receiving N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira), and a hybrid mattress and pillows.

Mrs Ogooluwa Abidemi Badmus, the second prize winner and owner of the ‘Tammypartyplace’ event planning venture, smiled home with N300,000, while the third winner, Mrs. Alausa Haleemah, received N200,000 to enhance her fabric enterprise, with quality mattresses and pillows as complementary gifts.

The cash prizes and products were presented at the company’s head office in Ikeja, Lagos, on Wednesday, 29th May 2024. The winners commend Mouka for its generosity and for making it easy for them to improve their small-scale enterprises.

While receiving her prize, the overall winner, who could not hold her joy, extolled Mouka for its goodwill, saying, “I am deeply grateful to Mouka for awarding me the Mothers’ Day Mum in Business grant. This support will significantly impact my trade. Thank you for empowering and uplifting mothers.”

The second winner, who was very excited, avowed, “I am so delighted, I have never won anything like this. I am very grateful to Mouka; this gift came at the right time.” Similarly, the third beneficiary affirmed, “I appreciate Mouka for this amazing opportunity, which would boost my business. I have been using Mouka products since childhood.”

In addition to the Mum in Business initiative, Mouka supported another program targeting women called the 360 Complete Woman beauty contest. The Complete 360 Woman is an online community that supports women in attaining a sense of self-worth and purpose, thereby adding value to women by helping them become the best versions of themselves through self-awareness. This passion has created a platform, “The Complete 360 Woman Conference, for women to learn, enhance, and grow in a 360 capacity in the modern world. Mrs. Okoronkwo Esther Kosacachi emerged as Queen in this 2024 edition. Esther, a mother from Anambra State, also smiled home with a Wellbeing hybrid orthopedic mattress and pillows.

Commenting on the initiatives, Mouka’s Media and Insights Manager, Godwin Anumenechi, stated that the company intentionally supports initiatives targeted at women to bridge the societal gap created by gender bias and discrimination.

“At Mouka, we see women as a key pillar of support in every home and society. We believe in an inclusive society where women are empowered to contribute their quota to the economy in line with the 10th SGD goal of reduced inequalities”. Godwin said.

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