10 Apr 2016 15:00pm
WALVIS BAY, 10 APR (NAMPA) - Ten learners from the Namib High School in Swakopmund scooped prizes at the first-ever Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Poster Competition awards here on Friday.
The competition, organised by the ACCs public education team in Swakopmund, was open to all schools in the Erongo Region.
Learners were requested to draw posters with messages on how to fight corruption in the country.
Setson Neumbo won the first prize and was presented with a tablet worth N.dollars 6 000.
Douglas Smith came in second and was rewarded with a camera valued at N.dollars 3 000.
The third prize went to Nicole Philander who won a N.dollars 2 500 worth mobile phone.
On top of that, the three top winners were given a N.dollars 50 shopping voucher from Waltons Stationery each.
The remaining seven winners received cash prizes of between N.dollars 800 and N.dollars 1 200.
Neumbo told Nampa after the ceremony that he was happy to win.
ACC Public Education and Corruption Prevention Officer at Swakopmund, Ottilie Shingenge said 63 entries from four schools were received but it happened that only posters by Namib High learners won.
Leading this active ACC public education team in Erongo, Chief Public Education Officer Tobias Amoonga said the competition creates awareness among learners on what constitutes corruption and allow them to share information on how to fight corruption.
Corruption is a disease which should not be allowed, so go out there and educate other learners and the public about it, he said.
Amoonga added that it is important to nurture young people about the effect of corruption on their lives and their future so that they can prevent it.
He noted that when the sponsor for printing the winning posters is available, the posters will be displayed all over the region, at places such as shops, town entrances and Government offices.
On his part, Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua, who was also at the event, said corruption diverts resources intended for development projects to the pockets of individuals, which is a bad thing.
Corruption can lead to serious instability in this country; so we must eradicate instead of reducing it, he said.
Areva Resources, the Savva family, West Coast FM, Namport and Supertonic sponsored the competition.