Maiden Edition Of Anti-Corruption Marathon Race Hold Today
By Joel Ajayi
The maiden edition of National Anti-Corruption Marathon, organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Crimes (ICPC), in collaboration with Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) to stamp out Corruption in the country and Fair Play will take centre stage in Abuja on Monday, December 10th
The half marathon race, tagged: “Abuja Marathon 2018” is in honour and support of fight against corruption which will cover a total area of 23.04km and total distance: 21.03km 13.07m.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday in Abuja the national Coordinator of the event, Jacob Onu, said the registration, which will be online, is opened to all segments of the society, adding that the campaign was aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption.
He expressed that the best way to wipe Corruption out of Nigeria is to create awareness adding that though it may take longer time to eradicate corruption in Nigeria but slow and steady country shall get there.
According to him, we intend to use the image and popularity of marathon races to create massive awareness and bring together all segments of the Nigerian population in support of Mr President’s fight on corruption in all facets of national life,” he stated.
“This will strengthen unity among the citizens of this country and also satisfy the desire to exploit and harness the abundant talents in our youth for national integration.
“The campaign is aimed at raising national consciousness on the scourge and danger of corruption to the country and humanity in general.”
Onu added that: there is no political gimmick about the race. Besides, there is no government in the world that is not committed in fighting corruption if they want the country to move forward. Nigeria may be making history to be the first country to use marathon race to create awareness on anti-corruption
“The Anti-Corruption Marathon is expected to be flagged off by President Muhammadu Buhari, alongside President Paul Kigame of Rwanda and Sports minister, Solomon Dalung in commemoration of the United Nations World Anti-corruption day.
Meanwhile, the hampions will smile home with monetary gifts; N1 million for first position, while the second and third positions will be gifted N500, 000 and 300,000 respectively