Connect with us

General news

EFCC enlists support of youths to fight corruption in South East

Published

on

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has enlisted the support of youths in the South East to curb rising spate of corruption in the area.

The Southeast Zonal Head of the commission, Mr Ibrahim Bappa made the call on Friday in Enugu during the 10 Million-Man-March Against Corruption.

The rally was organised by the EFCC in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The march in Enugu kick started from the EFCC office in Independence Layout through Okpara Square, Presidential Rd, Ogui Rd, Chime Avenue, Government House and back to the commission.

However, the state governor, Chief Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, also joined the walk against corruption and covered a long distance.

Bappa said that the rally was necessary to sensitise the youths whom he said constituted the bulk of our population and the strength of our future.

“We are calling on the youths especially the NYSC members to key into the fight against corruption because the youths have the highest population in our country.

“As ambassadors of anti-corruption, we also want to draw them close in such a way that they will own this fight against corruption,” he said.

Bappa said that the commission wanted to take advantage of the Valentine’s Day to change the perception of the youths.

Also, the Head, Public Relations of the NYSC in Enugu, Mrs. Nnenna Ani, said that corruption is a fight for everybody but the youths as the leaders of tommorow should be in the forefront.

Ani said that the seriousness the NYSC attached to the rally made them to mandate every corps member to partake in the programme.

“Let everybody join hands to fight this scourge that is eating deep into our society in order to make our nation a better place to live,” she said.

The NYSC spokesperson commended the governor for being part of the walk adding that it showed leadership exemplary.

Ani said that no fewer than 5,000 corps members participated in the rally.

Nigeria News Agency reports that some of the corps members interviewed expressed happiness in being part of the exercise.

In Anambra, the road walk which commenced from Aroma junction by Onitsha/Enugu Expressway, Awka ended at Amawbia/Awka boundary through Zik Avenue, Eke Awka Market axis.

The road walk which lasted for hours as NYSC members and other participating in the exercise covered about two and half kilometers.

Mr Michael Nzekwe, Head, Assets Recovery and Forfeiture Department, EFCC while briefing the newsmen after the walk, said the fight against corruption is crucial to the development of the nation.

He said though the commission in line with its mandate had been fighting against corruption since inception of its establishment.

Nzekwe said however, that the present management decided to involve the youths in order to spread the message across the country faster by involving the youths.

“Section six of the Act establishing EFCC empowers the commission to come up with strategies and prevention of economic crimes.

“It is in accordance with the section that we are partnering with the NYSC on the fight against corruption.

“The mantra of the present administration is if you don’t kill corruption, corruption will kill us,’’ and involving the youths is a sure way to fight corruption.’’

Nzekwe urged the youths to be true crusaders and ambassadors of the fight against corruption as that was a sure way to open more windows for them.

Mr Aremu Kehinde, the NYSC Coordinator, Anambra also said that his organisation has anti-corruption club, but added that with the partnership with the EFCC, the body would be more energise to spread the anti-corruption message.

He said more NYSC would be mobilised to enable the youths be deeply involved in the anti-corruption fight.

During the walk, placards with the message; corruption is worse than cancer: youths reject it, No future with corruption; see something, say something,’’ was carried by participants.

In Abia, over 500 youths on Friday took to the major streets in Umuahia, Abia capital, to sensitise the public against the ills of corruption in the society.

The walk which took off from the NYSC secretariat in Umuahia, had the corps members sharing fliers and carrying placards with various inscriptions on issues of corruption.

Some of the inscriptions read this: “Expose them, do not shield corrupt persons,” Yahoo Plus = Jail Plus, shun it,” Nigerian Youths Say No to Corruption. Corruption kills: Let’s kill corruption.”

Speaking to newsmen, the Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magun said that the programme being held  simultaneously nation-wide was the first of its kind in the fight against corruption.

Magun, who was represented by Williams Agbarakwe (CSP) of the Bank Fraud Station, EFCC, said that it was designed to galvanise the Nigerian youths to resist and fight corruption in whatever form it manifested.

He urged the youths to shun criminality and strive to wrestle the country from the grips of the corrupt.

According to him, the youths should take ownership of the anti-graft war.

Mrs Bona Fasakin, NYSC Coordinator in Abia said that it was very important that the youths joined the campaign against corruption because it was about their future.

She said,” The youths are the future leaders of this country and this country belong to them.

“If they have a country that is full of corruption how will their future be like?

She commended the Federal Government for its initiative in the fight against corruption, saying “corruption can kill a country.”

Reporters/MNA

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu

Load more

Contact US: editor[at]nnn.com.ng, nnnnews247[at]gmail.com

Recent Posts

NNN News Nigeria: NNN is an online Nigeria news portal that publishes breaking news in politics, business, entertainment, sport, security, features, opinion, environment, education, technology, and the world news at large. NNN publishes only news that is factual, credible, verifiable, authoritative and investigative. NNN is a media subscriber of the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a unique media organization that is founded in the spirit of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, comprising of ordinary people with an overriding commitment to seeking the truth and publishing it without fear or favor. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

© 2014 - 2019 NNN News Nigeria. All Rights Reserved.