Nothing is more pressing in Nigeria today than fighting the epidemic of corruption and loss of moral sense at the root of poverty and underdevelopment in Nigeria. To begin healing our nation’s culture of corruption and apathy to ethics from the root, our Centre is proposing SEACON as a bottom-top approach to ethics, responsible citizenship and anti-corruption in Nigeria.
As an ethics organization working with Nigerian university students since 2013, our experience is that university students have a lot of roles to play toward promoting ethics and fighting corruption in Nigeria. From them, we have learnt of many forms of unethical and corrupt practices unknown to many Nigerians. Though, like the rest of Nigerians, many Nigerian students are also corrupt, quite a good number are willing to lead the fight against corruption and work with us to promote ethics within and outside the campus. But they lack the training and the resources to fight corruption and promote ethics.
THE SEACON EFFECT
Leveraging on the grounds gained through ELP and CBEP as well as our large student following, SEACON is building a network of college students from all higher institutions in Nigeria to begin identifying and exploring innovative ways to promote ethics while combating corruption in Nigeria. Through a combination of ethics seminars, ethics contests, ethics campaigns, development of innovative resources that promote ethics and discourage corruption, development of new technologies that prevent and make corruption harder, SEACON will facilitate the emergence of ethically conscious Nigerians.
Objectives of SEACON
- To raise awareness of the consequences of corruption on development.
- To train students on how to identify, safely resist and fight corruption.
- To train and provide tools for monitoring and reporting corruption in public service.
- To work with students in exploring innovative ways to prevent corruption and make engaging in corrupt practices harder.
- To train students on how to promote transparency, accountability and good governance.
- To educate and train students on ways to safely, legally and effectively fight for rights.
- To explain civic responsibilities and propose ways to get involved in civic activities.
- To explain the need for law and order in the society
- To train and provide tools to monitor elections and report accurately.