Corruption has become the order of the day in different sectors of the countries in the world; the illegal behaviour has changed the order of governance, it has affected the activities of government officials, civil servants, private workers and even students. The United Nations set up the International Anti-Corruption Day in order to tackle the problem of corruption in the world.
The International Anti-Corruption Day exposes corruption as a heinous crime that affects the social and most especially the economic developments of most societies. Currently, in the world, statistics show that there is no region, society, sect or country that is immune to corruption. According to UN records, $1 trillion annually is been paid as bribes and approximately $2.6 trillion are stolen through corruption.
The theme for the year 2019 International Anti-Corruption Day is ‘United against corruption for development, peace and security’. The theme is to mark the day and to raise awareness that to eradicate corruption in our societies, there is a need for everyone to be involved in working towards it. The message of this day is for all especially youths to lead the campaign and action against corruption.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) seizes the opportunity of this International Anti-Corruption Day to request that everyone should join in the action for the eradication of corruption in our societies. This can be achieved when we all lead the change in our various spheres of influence and when all leaders at all levels are held accountable.