The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has trained more than 1, 4 million ex-corps members on its skill acquisition entrepreneurship programme that was launched in 2012.
The Director-General of the scheme, Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, said this in Abuja on Tuesday in an interview with newsmen.
The interview was conducted during the 2020 Batch A pre-orientation meeting of management with Area Coordinators, State Coordinators, camp directors, camp commandants and collaborating agencies.
Ibrahim said the programme was meant to enable ex-corps members to be self-employed and employers of labour.
Ibrahim said: “NYSC has a programme called “Skill Acquisition Entrepreneurship Training. The programme was launched in 2012 and we have trained more than 1.4 million ex-corps members in this skill acquisition training.
“We have in camp training as well as post camp training,’’ he said.
Ibrahim said that some of the corps members who took the training serious were doing well in their various businesses.
Commenting on the issue of fake certificates, he said that on resumption of duty in May 2019, he came out with a measure to check corps members by conducting physical verification of their certificates rather than depending on what they put online.
“I am happy to tell Nigerians that those with fake documents have reduced drastically. More than 20,000 foreign trained Nigerians uploaded online but through the physical verification, only 3,420 showed up,’’ he said.
Ibrahim said under his watch fake certificates by corps members will not be tolerated.
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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have pledged to continue to involve corps members in the fight against corruption across the country.
Mr Abdullahi Yusuf-Baba, NYSC Zonal Coordinator for North Central Zone and Mr Ikechukwu Nwanolue, Head of EFCC in Nasarawa State made the pledge at a one day anti-corruption walk tagged “Nigerian Youths Walk Against Corruption’’ held in Lafia on Friday.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the initiative was jointly organised by EFCC and NYSC across the country to rally youths on a one-day anti corruption awareness walk.
Corps members, youths, school children, officials of EFCC and NYSC among other participants embarked on the one-day walk to voice support for anti corruption.
The Five kilometres walk began from the EFCC state office along Makurdi road to the Lafia Township stadium.
Yusuf-Baba told the gathering after the exercise that NYSC would continue to involve corps members in the sensitisation exercise on the negative impact of corruption because of the wide reach of the scheme across the country.
“NYSC is all over the country and as Nigerian youths who have energy and are among the enlightened youths in the country, corps members can easily use the opportunity they have of being posted everywhere, to educate the public on the menace of corruption.
“With corps members as critical stakeholders and the EFCC partnering together, they can help effectively fight corruption.
“You can see that they all came out in their numbers, very enthusiastic and committed, I want to assure that NYSC will continue to involve them in this drive to help in the fight against corruption in our society,’’ he said.
Also speaking, Mr Ikechukwu Nwanolue, Head of EFCC in Nasarawa State lauded the effort of corps members, especially those in the EFCC Anti corruption club who according to him, visit schools to enlighten students on the negative impact of corruption.
He assured that the commission would continue to collaborate with the NYSC so as to get corps members to sensitize youths on anti corruption in order to become worthy and incorruptible future leaders.
“We are all united against corruption and we in EFCC are fully in support of the collaboration because we need to sensitise the youths to fully understand the dangers of corruption and avoid it,’’ he said.
Mrs Ramatu Sands said more than 1,000 corps members participated in the walk against corruption and were joined by other youths and members of the society.
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Brig-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), has urged corps members nationwide to use their service period to sensitise their host communities on the negative impacts of corruption in the society.
The DG stated this on Friday in Kano during a joint road walk, organised by the NYSC, in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Kano State Anti-Corruption Agency.
According to Ibrahim, if the corps members sensitized members of their host communities, especially in the rural areas, it would contribute immensely to the fight against corruption.
“We have no fewer than 350,000 serving corps members nationwide. If each of them can sensitise their host communities by telling them what corruption is all about, many people will get to understand better and shun it.
“Therefore, we are calling on the general public to shun any act of bribery and corruption, as it affects our society negatively and tarnishes the image of the country,” he said.
According to him, the walk, which took place in all the 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has witnessed large participation of corps members, labour unions, civil society organisations and other organisations.
Ibrahim explained that the road walk was aimed at sensitising the public on the dangers of corruption in the society, while urging Nigerians to work hard to earn their living, devoid of corruption.
In his speech, the acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, urged all and sundry to also embark on the fight against corruption for a better society.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Magu’s speech was read by the Head of Kano Zonal Office of EFCC, Mr Akinyene Ezima.
According to him, the objective of the walk, among others, is to sensitise and mobilise youths across the country to reject the evils of corrupt practices.
“It is also to encourage the youth to be anti-corruption advocates and ambassadors as well as enlisting them to partner with EFCC by providing information and actionable intelligence on fraudsters in their localities.
“The new perspective we are exploring is the awakening and mobilisation of youths in our nation to the task of exposing, confronting and tackling the scourge of corruption,” he stated.
Also in his remarks, the Chairman, Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Agency, Muhyi Magaji, commended the NYSC DG for leading the walk in the state.
According to him, such an action will encourage the youths in the state to have more confidence in the fight against corruption and give their support.
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Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, has enjoined youths to be the vanguard of the Federal Government’s campaign to stamp out corruption in the country.
Zulum gave the charge during the nationwide anti corruption match campaign on Friday in Maiduguri.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the 10 million man rally was jointly organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFFC).
Zulum, who was represented by Alhaji Seina Buba, Commissioner of Youth and Sports, said that anti graft war cannot succeed without the support of Nigerians.
He stressed the need for the youth to support the anti graft agencies to end the scourge and enhance sustainable social and economic development in the country.
The governor said that his administration had accorded priority toward building a corrupt free society to fast track implementation of people oriented programmes aimed at addressing unemployment and improving overall well being of the people.
Zulum added that: “Fighting corruption is part of the cardinal principle of my administration.
“Youth who are not corruptible are better than corrupt elders, you should take note, you are going to replace us in a very near future”.
The governor urged the youths not to live above their earnings, but to focus on realizing their dreams through engaging in legitimate activities that would add value to their lives and the country.
Also speaking, Lawrence Iwobi, Head of EFCC Zonal Office, Maiduguri, said the campaign tagged “Youths walk Against Corruption” was designed to promote active participation of youth in the fight against corruption.
Iwobi said that the exercise was part of the commission mandate to sensitise the youth on the dangers associated with corruption and also mobilise participation in the campaign.
“We all know that fighting corruption occupies a very central part of the programme of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and that is what we are trying to encourage.
“It is, therefore, very important to instill integrity, honesty, transparency and accountability in the youth.
“That is what a lot of people and the society are lacking today, that is why we have not been able to move from where we are today.
“If we get it right from the beginning, then we have hope for our future and that is why we want to use this opportunity to commend the NYSC for establishing the Anti Corruption Community Development group,” Iwobi said.
On his part, NYSC State Coordinator, Mr. Rabiu Aminu, said the scheme was primarily designed to promote national unity, integration and development in different sectors.
Aminu noted that Nigeria is highly blessed with human and material resources, lamenting that corruption has seriously affected the progress of the country.
“When corps members are championing the course of fighting corruption, we are rest assured by the special grace of God that in a matter of time, corruption will be a thing of the past,” he said.
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Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State on Friday joined National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members and staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in anti-corruption match to sensitize members of the public on the dangers of corrupt practices
Speaking shortly after the match-past, Yahaya said the fight against corruption was a struggle that should involve everyone.
He said at the national level Mr President was determined to fight scourge.
He charged youth, especially corps members, to join the fight against corruption in the country.
He lamented that but for corruption, Nigeria would have developed more than what obtained now.
Mr David Markson, Gombe State Coordinator of NYSC said that the essence of the exercise was to sensitise the public on the fight against corruption in the state and country at large.
According to him, the exercise is first of its kind following the directives of NYSC directorate, Abuja, to join President Buhari in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Mr Michael Wetkas, EFCC Gombe Zonal Head, urged the Corps members to take the campaign down to the grassroots.
He commended the NYSC and Governor Yahaya for joining them in the fight against corruption.
Nigeria News Agency reports that no fewer than 500 corps members, government officials, Civil Society Organisations, students and other group attended the rally.
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The National Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Friday led hundreds of youths on a Walk Against Corruption’ in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that other stakeholders that joined the anti-corruption rally included members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), among others.
Mr Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), said that the involvement of Nigerian youths in the anti-graft campaign was crucial because corruption had harmful effects on them as future leaders.
He therefore urged youths, irrespective of status and background to speak up against corruption and demand accountability and integrity from public office holders.
“We urge Nigerian youths to join the campaign against corruption because it affects not just today but their bright future.
“As a commission, we are determined to win the war against corruption in all its forms, and we have decided to work with a Nigerians,” he said.
Mr Adedayo Thomas, the Executive Director of the NFVCB, appreciated the EFCC for championing the crusade for a corruption-free Nigeria, and therefore pledged the his organisation’s continuous support for the commission.
He said that organising such a campaign on Valentine Day was significant because every genuine lover of Nigeria must work toward its peace and prosperity.
“Today, we at the NFVCB, the regulator of the film industry, stand in solidarity with our youths that have made themselves available to support the crusade and the fight against corruption.
“We are proud to always support any initiative that will stop corruption and all economic malpractices, including illicit trading on all unapproved films and video works.”
Similarly, Mr Ayuba Wabba, President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), expressed worry over the rate of corruption in Nigeria, saying it was contributing to youths` unemployment.
Wabba said that issue of corruption in the country was alarming in almost all the sectors, which according to him, would continue to increase unemployment.
Mr Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, explained that the essence of the match on the Valentine Day was to catch the attention of youths and to involve them in the fight against corruption.
Dare said that the programme was to sensitise them on the need to give maximum support to EFCC to avoid denying them of their future.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Friday held an anti-corruption rally in Lagos to boost awareness of the fight against corruption.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the rally began at the EFCC office, Awolowo Road Ikoyi and moved to Obalende through Tafawa Balewa Square and back to EFCC office.
Mr Olu Olukoyede, the Commission’s Secretary, who led the rally, said the essence was to deepen the awareness level of Nigeria’s anti-corruption crusade.
He commended the NYSC for its support toward the success of the rally.
According to him, our whole target is to enlighten the public about the fight against corruption.
Olukoyede said that every Nigerian was affected by corruption and the activities of corrupt people in one way or the other.
“This is the reason we need to fight together. We cannot win the war standing alone and one way to fight, is to create awareness of the dangers corruption can bring to the society.
“We have to make people know that corruption is not an enterprise, it is not also an industry. It is simply a crime punishable by our established laws,” he said.
Olukoyede further said it was crucial for the youths to get fully involved in the anti-corruption crusade as Nigeria’s future leaders.
Also speaking, Mr Sunday Aroni, Lagos State Coordinator, NYSC, said that the rally symbolised a good milestone between the EFCC and NYSC, especially in the fight against corruption.
“The youths are a larger part of the society. With this development, they are made to know that corruption does not have a stand in Nigeria.
“Corruption is attitudinal; it takes the will and the courage of a society to come together and fight as one. Let us fight from a common front,” he said.
Adegoke Olayinka, President, Community Development Service Group, said that the exercise had exposed the youth to roles they could play in the anti-corruption crusade.
“As youths, we must join to fight and stamp out corruption. Doing so will help to secure our future,” he said.
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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.
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.
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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta, has urged Nigerian youths to be actively involved in the fight against corruption in the country.
Okowa made the plea on Friday, while addressing corps members at an anti-corruption rally in Asaba.
It was jointly organised by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Delta.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the rally tagged: “Nigerian Youths Walk against Corruption.”
Okowa, represented by Mr Ifeanyi Egwuyenga, the State Commissioner for Youths and Development, said that President Muhammadu Buhari was doing everything possible to ensure that the scourge was completely eradicated.
The governor, however, called for collective efforts toward achieving the goal.
“Nigerians, including youths, who are major stakeholders in the Nigeria project, should support President Buhari in the fight against corruption,” he said.
Also, Mr Larry Aso, who represented the Acting Chairman of EFCC , Ibrahim Magu, said that corps members were majorly youths, hence the collaboration.
Aso urged them to join the campaign against corruption to make Nigeria better for the nation’s future leaders.
“We must continue to demand that Nigeria must become better and be made great for the present and future generations.
“Corruption discourages investment and growth of the country; it has impacted negatively on the society and should not be encouraged.
“Now, the other dimension of corruption, which our people keep ignoring, is that it discourages investment in our country and without investment, we cannot grow.
“It is investments that create jobs, wealth, investment and opportunities for our people. It also enhances the quality of living of the people.
“In an atmosphere of corruption, commerce cannot thrive; Commerce is another catalyst for growth.
“If Commerce do not thrive, people will suffer; they won’t even have access to goods and services produced in other parts of the world.
“And, they will lose their sense of dignity, because their labour does not give them reward of self-worth.
“So, the fight against corruption must be of interest to every well-meaning Nigerian,’’ he said.
In his remarks, Mr Benjamin Omotade, the South-South Area Coordinator of NYSC, commended the present administration under which he said the country’s corruption perception index had improved.
Omotade, however, said that the position of Nigeria was not where it ought to be.
He advised Nigerian youths to strive more to ensure complete eradication of the menace in our society.
“If the country must move forward, we must join hands in the fight against corruption; it is anti-development, it is anti-progress.
“We should be ready to join hands with the government to stamp out corruption in Nigeria,” he said.
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The Benin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Friday joined the National Headquarters of the commission on the Nigerian Youths Walk Against Corruption campaign.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the campaign was led by the Zonal Head of Operations of the zone, Mr Muktar Bello in partnership with Mr Dojo Adebayo, Edo Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Bello explained that sensitising youths against corruption was vital because they constitutes about 90 per cent of the country’s population.
According to him, it is in view of this that the Acting Chairman of the commission, Mr Ibrahim Magu initiated the programme aimed at awakening and mobilising youths in the country to expose, confront and tackle the scourge of corruption.
“Nigerian youths are crucial to the success of the anti-corruption crusade and commitment of the present administration in the country.
“What we are doing today is unique in the sense that the presidency has recognised the fact that 90 per cent of the population of the country is dominated by the youths.
“It is also for the fact that for us to succeed in the fight against corruption, there is need to involve the youths.
“The objectives of the walk are multifarious. The most significant of them are to sensitise and mobilise youths across the country to reject the evil of corrupt practices,’’ he said.
Similarly, Adebayo said that the partnership with the commission was apt in view of the get rich quick syndrome being inculcated into the youths by some fraudulent persons.
He added that the government, in order to stem the youths’ involvement in corruption practices, had put programmes in place for corps members to engage in during their orientation programmes in camp to enable them acquire skills.
He also said that the government had also put a collateral free loan scheme in place for the corps members interested to access and be self-employed.
NAN reports that the walk involved a road walk round some major roads and streets in Benin.
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