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EFCC, NYSC stage anti-corruption road walk, sensitise public against corruption

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Friday staged a road walk in States in the North-Central to sensitise the people to the ills of corruption.

In Jos, the march commenced at the NYSC Secretariat, Miango Rd, Jos, and terminated at the Old Airport Road.

Gov. Simon Lalong while declaring the exercise open likened corruption to the Corona virus that must be stamped out from the society.

“Corruption is just like corona virus and it must be eliminated from our society to ensure transparency and integrity in our affairs,” Lalong said.

He urged the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to be Anti Corruption Ambassadors in their various places of primary assignment.

He said the fight against corruption should be everybody’s business, saying corruption impeded the dividends of democracy.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the walk, which had the theme “Ten million match against corruption” was held simultaneously across the country.

Speaking at the event, the Ag Director-General of EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, who was represented by CSP Umar Babangida, Sectional Head Operations in the organisation, charged Nigerians to actively partake in the fight against corruption.

“Because of the malaise of corruption in the society, we have lost several facilities and it has brought us backwards in terms of development; so, we are calling on the youths to collaborate with us to be able to fight this cause,” Magu said.

The State Coordinator of NYSC, Mrs Caroline William Embu, called on the youths corps members and other youths to see themselves as future leaders who should participate in the campaign against corruption in their communities.

“The youths are the leaders of tomorrow, so we need to catch them young. That is why the youths corps members came out in large numbers to join the fight against corruption.

” If they do not protect their future today, then it means their tomorrow is bleak,” Embu said.

In Minna, an official of the EFCC, Mr Shuaibu Bello, led the march to sensitise the public to the dangers of corruption in the society, expressing the need for the youth to serve as vanguards against corruption.

“The youth are in the majority in the of Nigerian society and they are being used for what they should not be used, therefore, it is better the youth are enlightened to become ambassadors of the fight against corruption,’’Bello said.

He advised the youths to key into the fight against corruption by providing the commission with relevant information and intelligence on fraudsters.

The NYSC Coordinator in Niger, Mrs Funmilayo Ajayi,commended the corps members for coming out en-masse to participate in the walk against corruption.

Ajayi, who described corruption as “worst than cancer’’ that had eaten deep into the society, urged the corps members to join hands with the commission in their various places of assignments to serve as anti corruption vanguards.

Also, Mr Bello Sheriff, Chairman of National Council of Youth in Niger, said that the council would take up the fight against corruption and ensure that every youth participated adequately in the anti corruption war.

Similarly in Jalingo, the march began at the NYSC state Secretariat and traversed through Machalin round about and ended at the Taraba State Secretariat where the Head of Service of the state, MS Suzy Nathan addressed the participants.

Nathan told the participants that corruption was the greatest enemy of the country that needed collective efforts to tackle.

She identified greed as the major cause of corruption among Nigerians.

She urged the corps members to practically reject corruption in their dealings with people in the society.

“Corruption comes in many forms; dishonesty, cutting corners, extortion, breach of trust and nepotism, among others.

“I urge you all to shun these vices and be upright for us to have a better country,” she said.

The NYSC Coordinator in Taraba, Mrs Florence Yaakugh, said the partnership with EFCC would go a long way in tackling corruption in the country.

Represented by Mr Joseph Ukpamichi, the Assistant Director in charge of Corps Inspection,  Yaakugh said the event was the right step in the right direction.

According to her, the event was planned for 500 corps members but because of the enthusiasm, over 1,000 corps members participated.

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 Abdulkarim  Chuckkol, the Head of Operations, EFCC, noted that the involvement of youth corps members was a practical step toward fighting corruption in the country.

NAN reports that members of women Society of Nigeria, the Trade Union Congress, Nigeria Labour Congress, security agents, the media among others, also participated in the march.

The March also held in Lokoja with the EFCC soliciting the support of the Nigerian youths in the fight against corruption, saying ‘youths are worst hit as victims of corruption.’

Mr Dapo Oyebade, a Representative of EFCC Zonal Office, Ilorin, made the call after the rally against corruption, tagged: ”Nigerian Youth Walk Against Corruption”, in the Kogi capital.

”We need the youths to support us in this fight against corruption which is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into our country; we cannot fight it alone.

“There is no doubt that corruption is alien to us, it is detestable and abhorrent to our culture; it is our great pleasure to build the youth proud of all. The youths are the worst hit as victims of corruption,” Oyebade said.

He said the effects of corruption were felt in various ways such as unemployment, institutional and infrastructure decay, poor health facilities, poor education and insecurity.

Kogi Deputy Governor, Mr Edward Onoja, commended the youths for the solidarity walk, while lauding President Mohammadu Buhari for his consistency in the anti-corruption fight.

“In Kogi, the governor just as he has zero tolerance for crime and criminality, he also has zero tolerance for corruption and has promised to account for every single kobo that belongs to Kogi people,” Onoja said.

He said that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) was now fully operational in Kogi, noting that some top government officials were recently suspended due to non compliance.

He advised the youths to passionately support the fight against corruption, saying, ”If truly you love this nation you will do everything to stop corruption.”

The State Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Olayiwola Lasaki, noted that the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, had directed all state coordinators of the scheme in the North-Central to ensure that corps members and staff carried out a one-kilometer anti-corruption rally

Lasaki said the anti-corruption walk was being carried out by NYSC members across the 21 local government areas of Kogi, stressing that it would go a long way in convincing the people to jointly fight corruption.

He said that enlisting the vibrant youths for the campaign against corruption would have a huge positive impact in the state and the nation.

Reporters/AMY

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf

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