Following the high rate of financial crime and corruption in the country, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the National Youth Service Corps, will tomorrow February 14, 2020. hold its first ever “YOUTHS WALK AGAINST CORRUPTION” across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory .
The walk with the theme “NIGERIAN YOUTHS SAY NO TO CORRUPTION. CORRUPTION KILLS: LET’S KILL CORRUPTION” will have youths as the core drivers.
This was made known during a press conference at the EFCC zonal office in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
Briefing newsmen in Ibadan, the zonal Director of the Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mr Bright Igbileke said the walk is to sensitize people against corruption and to reject the evils of corrupt practices in Nigeria.
Igbileke said “the objectives of the walk are multifarious. The most significant of them are to sensitise, mobilise youths across the country to reject the evils of corrupt practices; encourage youths to be anti-corruption advocates and ambassadors; enlist youths to partner with the EFCC by providing information and actionable intelligence on fraudsters, organise youths as change agents and pace-setters in integrity and galvanise the energy and resourcefulness of youths to prevent corruption in all sectors of our polity.”
On why corps members will be leading the rally, he said “the National Youth Service Corps, more than ever before, is ready to develop new modalities of youth engagements in the anti-corruption fight”.
“Other interested groups, like women, civil society organisations, labour unions and others will join in the walk and we are excited about the prospects of the project” he added.
He therefore appealed to every Nigerian to come out in large number tomorrow and identify with the anti-corruption to be imperative and all-involving.
“We will continue to draw local and global attention to the fact that corruption is not our culture and does not grow on our soil. It is an accidental malaise and must not be allowed to remain in our midst. The EFCC will not relent in its works against it and every Nigerian must awake to the need for us to combat the evil together” he concluded.
In her remark, Mrs Mohammadu Aisha, assistant director National Youth Service Corps, Oyo State who spoke on behalf of the State Coordinator, Mrs Eniola Ambekemo said this year’s match is going to be massive and NYSC will take active part in the rally.
She stated that the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps. Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has order all the states to take active part and mobilized corps members in their numbers.
According to her, Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Rivers are to orgainse 1000 Corps members while others states including Oyo State should mobilized 500 corps members to take part.
She said that the match will be colourful as adequate measures have been put in place and the security of the corps members is guaranteed.