Thousands of anti-corruption volunteers renew pledges to fight corruption
The day-long 8th national convention of TIB-inspired volunteer groups - the Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCC), Sawjan, Youth Engagement and Support (YES) and YES Friends was held at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre today, with the theme: ‘Vigilant Conscience, Invincible Youth - Shall Surely Resist Corruption’. More than two and half thousand of volunteers, comprising both senior and youth from 45 locations in the country and the Capital Dhaka attended.
The day began with the national anthem and a choreography performance of TIB’s theme song by YES members. Chair of TIB Trustee Board Advocate Sultana Kamal, administered an anti-corruption oath.
During the panel discussion, Advocate Sultana Kamal and Secretary General Ms. Selina Hossain shared their inspiring views on the Vigilant Conscience, Invincible Youth,Cultural Spiritand Anti-Corruption Movement. Iftekharuzzaman, ED, TIB emphasized on the effective role of the citizen and highlighted on the concerted efforts of the citizen to fight corruption.
Ms. Nishat Majumder, Mountaineer, who conquered the Everest, Ms. Samira Zuberi Himika, a young entrepreneur and software expert and Mr. Sushanta Paul, a young civil servant, enthralled the audience with their inspirational experiences.
Later, Dr. Iftekharuzzaman distributed prizes among the YES members for Essay Competition organized on the occasion of International Anti-Corruption Day 2015. The best four essay winners from CCC- Patiya, Jessore and Sunamgonj and YES group- Institute of Social Welfare and Research Dhaka received cash, crest and certificate. 14 YES members also received awards in the Special Mention” category which included cash and certificate.
A declaration was read out at the end of the Convention. Participants pledged and called for emphasizing combined efforts of the government, political leaders, civil society and citizens at large to strengthen anti-corruption movement for establishing dreams of independence, democracy, good governance and human rights.
Earlier, in the morning session all participants deliberated on new ideas to fight corruption in Bangladesh, moderated by Iftekharuzzaman, Executive Director and Prof. Dr. Sumayia Khair, Deputy Executive Director of TIB.
12 CCCs and Dhaka YES put up stalls at various corners giving the venue a festive look.
The convention was rounded off through cultural performances by a dance troupe led by Munmun Ahmed, internationally famous singer Sabina Yesmin and musical band “Joler Gaan”.