Mr Benedict Agweye, the Head of Forensic, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), says Nigerian youths are very important stakeholders in the anti-corruption war.
Agweye made the statement during a walk against corruption organised by EFCC in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Calabar on Friday.
According to him, the walk is to create massive awareness and engage stakeholders in the fight against corruption.
Agweye said that EFCC was engaging the youth in anti-corruption fight because they were not just stakeholders but the future leaders of Nigeria and were to carry the campaign to the next generation.
He, however, said the fight against corruption was not EFCC or NYSC’s fight alone but a fight that every Nigerian must be involved in.
“NYSC is a major stakeholder, especially when it comes to youth affairs in Nigeria. So, we feel it is a focal place where we can galvanise quite a sizeable number of youths.
“We are also engaging other stakeholders like women groups and the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the fight. This is part of operationalising the mandate of EFCC’’, ’’ he said.
Similarly, the Cross River Coordinator of NYSC, Mr Eddy Megwa in his remark, said EFCC over time had in depth synergy with NYSC.
Megwa added that no nation should get it wrong with its youths.
He noted that this was why EFCC in collaboration with the Federal Government and the NYSC was fighting the malaise.
“We need to put a stop to corruption in this country. No one is happy with the way things are; so, we need to turn things around.
“Corruption goes beyond looting funds. As a corps member, if you are supposed to be at your place of primary assignment by 8 a.m. and you are not there, that is corruption.
“It is as simple as not doing what you are supposed to do while the government is paying you to do that same thing.
“Corps members are spread all over the 18 Local Government Areas of this state. So, when they begin to carry this fight against corruption to all the nooks and crannies of this state and nation, the better for us.
A Corps member, Mr Samuel Okeke, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency , said the walk was all about the youth standing up against corruption in Nigeria to ensure a better society.
He added that the government needed to sit up to ensure that corrupt practices were checked while efficiency and high productivity were enthroned in the system.
Miss Adenike Jacobs who was also a corps member, said the walk was good for the creation of awareness but it should not end in just walk but in practical steps to stem corruption in the nation.
NAN reports that over 2,000 youths converged at Calabar Municipality, Local Government Area (LGA) headquarters with placards that read: “corruption is worse than cancer and corruption will ruin our future if we don’t curb it now”, among others.
The procession was terminated at the popular Millennium Park in the heart of Calabar.
Similarly, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in conjunction with the Kebbi Ministry of Youth and Sports Development and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Friday staged a state-wide rally against corruption in Kebbi.
Alhaji Mahmud Warra, the State Commissioner of Youth and Sports Development, Alhaji Mahmud Warra, said that the rally was aimed at enlisting public support for the fight against corruption.
Warra told the 500 NYSC members and students, who participated in the walk that the fight against corruption was all and sundry’s responsibility.
“It is very impressive to see youths and students participate in this event.
“We take into cognisance the fact that it is not the sole responsibility of the EFCC and ICPC to fight corruption; it is responsibility of all of us,” he said.
He was optimistic that the walk against corruption would serve as a morale booster to the Federal Government’s efforts in the fight against corruption in the country.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has already set an agenda in the fight against corruption and cannot do it alone; as we have to join hands to help him and compliments his effort toward achieving a corruption-free society,” Warra said.
The Coordinator of the NYSC in the state, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammad, said that the walk against corruption was to complement the efforts of anti -graft agencies in the fight against corrupt practices and corruption.
“We have engaged over 500 corps members in this exercise and different Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) across the state.
“We urge you to take the campaign to markets, motor parks, recreational centres, schools and important public places to ensure the total coverage of our walk against corruption,” Muhammad said.
Also speaking, the Representative of the EFCC, Mr Chinedu Ozugha, said that the exercise would serve as a platform to sensitise and mobilise the youth to reject the evil of corruption as well as enable them to take ownership of the fight.
“You should take the fight to the grassroots and make sure that corruption reduces to the bare minimum” he said.
He expressed delight over the turnout of NYSC members in adopting an innovative approach to their involvement in the anti-corruption crusade.
Ozugha thanked the commissioner for youth and sports development and the NYSC state coordinator for their support.
NAN reports that the participants carried placards and banners with inscriptions as “Corruption is a Killer Disease; Corruption Kills: Let Us Kill Corruption,” among others. .
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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.”
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The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu, said that Nigerian youths are crucial to the success of anti-corruption crusade as they remained the strength of the future.
Magu said this in Abuja on Friday during a nationwide walk against corruption organised by the EFCC in collaboration with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
He said that the programme was focused mainly on youths to support the commission in the fight against corruption in the country.
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.
While appreciating the EFCC Chairman for organizing such a programme on the Valentine day which he described as being significant day for youths, Wabba urged youths to embrace the event for their own good.
“Today, we stand in solidarity with our youths that have made themselves available to support the crusade and the fight against corruption.
“We are doing this in your own interest without which youths will not have a future in this country, if we don’t address the issue of corruption, youths will not have employment in this country with the level of corruption.
“So let`s continue to support the EFCC and other anti graft agencies to address this monster of corruption that have drawn Nigeria backward for some decades.
He said the country was facing a prolong security challenge, other infrastructure under-development because the money meant for them have been diverted by few persons.
Earlier, Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, said the country had faced enough embarrassment with the reports of corruption in all sectors of the country.
“We have had enough of corruption, we are dedicated to join EFCC and other institutions to stop corruption, that is the essence of today`s match. “
Tallen appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and Magu for their efforts to minimise corruption through programmes in the country.
She used the occasion to task women of all categories to preach against corruption, saying they were created with special influence to control not only homes, but also the larger society.
“As women and mothers of the nation, we join forces with the labour force – all the youths, government agencies -to say no to corruption.
“Our children have finished school, no job for them because somebody is responsible, we want to sanitise the oil sector, we want to sanitise every sector in the country in order to create jobs for our youths,” she said.
Also speaking, Mr Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, explained that the essence of the match on the Valentine day was to catch the attention of youth and also to involve them in the fight against corruption.
Dare added that the programme was to sensitise them on the need to give maximum support to EFCC to avoid denying them of their future.
Mr Mubarak Mijinyawa, Speaker Youth Parliament, appreciated the EFCC Chairman for organising the event at the right time to attract the attention of youths in the country, pledging supports for the commission.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the group moved for EFCC’s office to police headquarter and back to the commission’s office at Wuse Area.
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The NYSC Coordinator in Kwara, Mrs Esther Ikupolati, has urged Corps members and youths in general to shun any act of corruption in all their endeavours.
Ikupolati made the appeal on Friday in Ilorin while addressing corps members at an anti-corruption rally jointly organised by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the rally tagged: “Nigerian Youths walk against corruption”, was attended by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and Speaker, Kwara House of Assembly, Mr Salihu Danladi,
According to her, corruption is the root of all the problems bedeviling the country, adding that until corruption is totally uprooted from the social fabric of the nation, the youth will continue to suffer the consequence.
“Corruption is the root of all the problems we can talk about in this country, people not getting job, all this insecurity, all have its root in corruption.
“The security challenges the country is facing today and other vices has their root in corruption. To rid the country of corruption, we have to start from the youths,” Ikupolati said.
AbdulRazaq, who stopped to address journalists in front of the Government House, commended EFCC and the Zonal Coordinator, Mr Isyaku Sharu, for the good work they are doing in fighting corruption and recovering looted funds for the state.
AbdulRazaq said the N8 billion that EFCC recovered from looters and handed to his government was used to kick-start the 2020 budget.
He said his administration has zero tolerance for corruption and pledged his total support for EFCC to effectively fight corruption.
The governor appealed to the corps members to live a life devoid of any social vice and particularly shun corruption.
He promised to host the corps members passing out on March 5 to a dinner at the government house to thank them for being good ambassadors.
NAN also reports that the governor, accompanied by the NYSC Coordinator, the EFCC zonal head, and the Speaaker, took part in the walk against corruption from the beginning of the EFCC office and returned to terminate at the same office.
The walk took the people through Ahmadu Bello Way, to Challenge in Murtala Mohammed Road down to A Division of the Nigeria Police.
The train turned to Ilofa Road, turning left after Civil Service Clinic down to Offa road and up to Flower Garden back to EFCC office.
Speaking with NAN after the walk, the NYSC coordinator said over 2,000 corps members participated in the walk against corruption.
She described the rally as a huge success and commended the corps members for their orderliness throughout the exercise.
Ikupolati said NYSC collaborated with the EFCC to organise the rally because of the NYSC DG’s passion for anti-corruption.
She declared that the walk against corruption would achieve the objective as many of the corps members would go back to their places of primary assignment to continue the sensitisation.
“The rally is a huge success, and for the governor to stay to the end is enough motivation for everybody particularly the corps members,” Ikupolati said.
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The Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim says no fewer than 37,000 corps members nationwide are expected to stage a road walk against corruption on Friday.
Ibrahim disclosed this while briefing newsmen on Thursday in Kano on preparations in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) ahead of the road walk.
According to him, the walk will take place across all the 36 States including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), where 1,000 corps members are expected to participate in each state.
Ibrahim, who explained that the road walk was to sensitise the public on the dangers of corruption in the society and its implications, also charged Nigerians to work hard to earn legitimate living devoid of corruption.
He said “once you work hard, the sky will always be your limit”.
According to him, the road walk is expected to witness massive participation from labour unions, trade unions, community based organisations and civil society organisations, among others.
The NYSC boss, who would lead the road show in Kano, said the event was targeted at the youth because they were the leaders of tomorrow.
“If you want to tackle corruption from the root, the best option is to use younger Nigerians who are the future leaders of our country.
“The Chairman of EFCC deems it fit to use our corps members to further sensitise Nigerians on the scourge of corruption in the country,” said the director-general.
He said the NYSC had been in partnership with the EFCC for a very long time, adding “we have a CDS EFCC group which always on weekly bases embarks on the sensitisation of Nigerians on corruption”.
The Acting Chairman of the 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 the EFCC, Mr Akinyene Ezima.
According to him, the objectives of the walk include to sensitise and mobilise youths across the country to reject the evils of corrupt practices.
“It is also to encourage the youths to be anti-corruption advocates and ambassadors, as well as enlisting them to partner with the EFCC by providing information and actionable intelligence on fraudsters in their localities.
“Our peculiarities and experience as a nation make every war against 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,” he said.
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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kwara, says it has deployed 1, 000 corps members for the Nigerian youth walk campaign against corruption.
The state NYSC Coordinator, Mrs Esther Ikupolati, told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday in Ilorin that corps members were ready for the rally holding on Friday throughout the country.
Ikupolati said that the Corps musical band would play during the rally jointly organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and NYSC.
She explained that the rally is billed to start from the EFFC office in GRA area of Ilorin through Ahmadu Bello Way to Challenge and down to Central Bank.
The coordinator said corps members as youths could be engaged in the anti corruption fight because they were critical stakeholders in the battle
“Corps members are major stakeholders and form the crux of youths in the country, they are everywhere in Kwara and will be able to carry the anti corruption message to the nooks and crannies of the state,” she said.
According to her, the fight against corruption is not for the EFCC and NYSC alone, but a collective responsibility that every Nigerian must be involved.
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The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Ibrahim Magu on Thursday called for public ownership of the fight against corruption.
Magu disclosed this in Abuja at a joint media briefing with Brig. Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Mr Sunday Dare, Minister of Youth and Sports Development.
He said the briefing was to showcase a new perspective in the prevention mandate of the commission as set out in section (6) of the EFCC establishment Act.
According to him, the new perspective is to awaken and mobilise youths in the country towards exposing, confronting and tackling the scourge of corruption.
He said that youths constituted the bulk of Nigeria’s population and had remained the realities and strength of the future, and they are crucial to the success of the anti-corruption crusade.
“In this regard, the EFCC in collaboration with the ministry and the NYSC is holding a maiden “Nigeria Youths Walk against Corruption.
“The walk, slated for Friday, will hold concurrently in the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“The objectives of the walk are multifarious, but most important is to sensitise and mobilise youths to reject the evils of corrupt practices.
“To encourage youths to be anti-corruption advocates and ambassadors; enlist them to partner with the EFCC by providing information and actionable intelligence on fraudsters,’’ the EFCC boss said.
He said the walk was also to organise youths as change agents and pace-setters in integrity and galvanise their energy and resourcefulness to prevent corruption in the country.
Magu said the NYSC would develop new modalities of youth engagements in the anti-corruption fight and that corps members in all states would participate in the walk.
“Other interest groups, market women, civil society organisations and labour unions will join in the walk. I want to use this forum to appeal to Nigerians to come out enmasse and identify with the anti corruption walk,” he added.
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Mr Tiamiyu Oladele, Acting Director, Federal Department of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Environment, has advised Nigerians to plant trees at home and in their farms, to ensure healthy living and stable environment. Oladele, who gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Thursday, said the land mass covered by forest in the country at present, was less than six per cent. According to the director, Nigeria is lagging behind in the attainment of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) 25 per cent standard of having. He said plans were underway by the Federal Government to make seedlings available to the populace for planting. “The food for trees is carbon dioxide, which they release as oxygen to us. If you go to the hospital and see somebody on oxygen for one hour and how much he pays for that one hour, you will appreciate what God is using trees to do for humanity. “Without oxygen you cannot survive for 10 minutes and this oxygen is coming from trees and the more trees we have, the more oxygen we have around and the healthier we are. “So, it is good for everyone to plant a tree, every home should have a tree, we are encouraging farmers to plant trees on their farms now, not to clear trees and plant crops, they should plant trees along with their crops to check erosion and protect their lands. “It is advisable apart from the health issue, it helps to ameliorate climate change impact, and it reinvigorates our land for agricultural purposes. Oladele emphasised the need for all Nigerians regardless of age to ensure that tree-planting is a regular exercise to boost the country’s benefits in human health and stable climate. “So, it is my advice that every person no matter your age should plant a tree yearly. If every Nigerian adult, let’s say we have 100 million of them, that is 100 million trees annually, you know how much that amounts to. “Government is very clear on it, we want to make seedlings available at the nearest place to everybody, where you can go and pick a seedling and plant even if it is in your house, if you have a farm you can plant on your farm.’’ He said there is a sensitisation committee headed by the National Orientation Agency with the aim of sensitising Nigerians on the importance of tree planting. Oladele said the forestry department also encourages schools to have environmental clubs, where the pupils and students could be involved in tree planting. He said the department had a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) where tree-planting ambassadors plant trees and sensitise Nigerians to the importance of tree-planting. Edited By: Lydia Beshel/Felix Ajide
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have concluded plans to stage an awareness march against corruption.
Mre Grace Akpabio, the Ondo State Coordinator of the NYSC, stated this at a press conference on Thursday in Akure.
Akpabio said the march, which will come up on Friday, was a form of awareness campaign to the society on having a corrupt-free nation.
She said the leadership of the EFFC felt that the best way to “catch them young” was through the youths, especially corps members who would be entering the labour market soon.
“EFCC felt the best people to partner with will be the ministry of Youth and the NYSC, which will also be a way of sensitising the society on the ills of corruption,” she said.
Akpabio, therefore, charged parents to desist from the habit of cutting corners for their wards to succeed by all means.
She admonished them to rather instill fear of God in their children as part of teachings against corruption.
The Head of the EFCC team, Mr Joshua Oloye, said the walk was important because youths “are the highest in population, and it is an avenue to catch them young”.
Oloye thanked the NYSC officials for their cooperation and support in the fight against corruption in the country.
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Brig.-Gen. Shuaibu Ibrahim, Director-General, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), on Tuesday, disclosed that the scheme had put in place commercial platforms to boost its internally-generated revenue (IGR).
Ibrahim, who made this disclosure on the sidelines of a three-day workshop, organised for members of staff of the corps, said that this was aimed at reducing dependence on the Federal Government.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the workshop, tagged “Inspectors Development Programme” (IDP), was held at the NYSC Magaji Dan Yamusa Orientation Camp in Keffi Local Government area of Nasarawa state.
NAN also reports that the theme of the programme was: “Enhancing the capacity of the NYSC Inspectors for Effective Service Delivery.”
The NYSC boss said that it was the scheme’s plan to generate revenue through some of its commercial initiatives.
He listed some of the scheme’s business establishments to include garment factory, table water factory and farms, among others.
This, he said, would go a long way in supporting the scheme to carry out its activities; hence the need to leverage on them and also reduce the burden on the Federal Government.
“We are leveraging on several of our platforms, such as Information Technology (ICT), to generate revenue.
“We also have ventures, such as garment factory, table water factory, bakery, farms and others.
“Also, the NYSC scheme has applied for licence to start a Frequency Modulation (FM) radio station, which, apart from being a training ground, can also generate revenue.
“All these are steps towards complementing the Federal Government’s efforts in the funding of the scheme,” he said.
Ibrahim explained that over the years, the corps members’ population had continued to grow, adding that it was necessary to think out of the box and come up with alternative sources of funding.
He said that the funding from the Federal Government, coupled with the scheme’s IGR, would afford it the capacity to take care of the needs of corps members and staff as well as carry out numerous activities in host communities across the country.
He then urged corps members and members of staff of the scheme to redouble their efforts in the attainment of the scheme’s goals.
NAN reports that 200 NYSC zonal and local government inspectors across the country attended the programme.
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