Emmanuel Todd/Jacqueline Appiagyei, GNA
Accra, Dec. 4, GNA – University of Development Studies (UDS) has emerged as winners in this year’s inter-tertiary schools debate on anti-corruption organised by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) to promote integrity and anti-corruption behaviour among the youth.
The first position was keenly contested by four GII Integrity club representatives from the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), University of Ghana-Legon, University College of Education- Winneba and University of Development Studies (UDS) in Accra on Friday.
The debaters in two rounds shared their thoughts on the topics: “Ghana needs strong institutions but not strong men” and “Democracy has supported corruption in Ghana”.
UDS and UG moved to the final stage and UDS emerged winner with 108 and 105 points respectively.
UDS took the first place with a cash price of GH¢1500.00 and a laptop; UG took a cash price of GH¢1000.00; UPSA, which came third, received GH¢800.00; and UEW went away with GH¢500.00.
Madam Mary Awelana Addah, Programmes Manager, GII, said the initiative was necessary because the youth are a force to aid in the fight against corruption and to shape communities in the country.
She said youth are in their formative years which makes it easier to instil in them values of integrity and the importance to build a better nation devoid of corruption.
“Those within this programme are our future leaders and by the time they take up offices of leadership they would be properly informed to make good decisions and stand for what is right and fight corruption,” she said.
Abu Sulemana Mohammed, student of UDS and part of the winning team, expressed his gratitude to the organisers and shared how much effort they put in to win the event.
He said they would serve as good ambassadors to share the information acquired through the programme to help in the fight against corruption.
Isaac Asare, a student UG, said he has learnt a lot within the two days and would put such good values learnt to practice.
He said applauded their opponents and the organisers for the keen competition.