Organisers of 2019 Anti-Corruption Marathon race have begun plans ahead of the sporting event scheduled for December.
Already, many Stakeholders including federal and state departments and agencies have thrown their weight behind the staging of this year’s edition of the annual National Anti-Corruption Marathon.
Speaking at the flag off of the registration process of the second edition, which is scheduled to hold in Abuja on December 9, 2019, Okechi Udofia, who represented the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), who pledged his agency’s continued support of the marathon, urged organisers and participants to use passion, zeal, strategy, focus and determination being attributes of marathoners to fight and eliminate corruption in the country.
Also speaking at the flag off ceremony, the National Coordinator of the marathon, Mr. Jacob Onu, said, “the intention of this early flag off is to refocus and redirect the energy of our youth towards preparing for this marathon as participants or volunteers, instead of engaging in vices that could be hazardous to their health and society in general.”
Also speaking at the flag off ceremony, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by Nwoke Lazarus, urged Nigerians to team up with the Federal Government to eliminate corruption that has become a global menace.
He noted that the choice of marathon to fight the cankerworm was a collective resolve that sports remain the most viable way to diminish corruption in the society.
Minister of Youth and Sports Development Barr Solomon Dalung represented by an assistant director Bamiduro Olamide assured of the ministry’s preparedness to support the event.
Also pledging the support of his organization in the fight against corruption through marathon, the Director General of Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Kizito Tansi, said the Bureau would continue to partner organisers in staging the annual marathon.