By: Ade Adeleke
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today challenged Nigerian Youths to report corruption, remain incorruptible and stay away from acts capable of bringing down the country wherever they find themselves.
The officials of the two agencies in Ondo State were joined in the walk against corruption by members of the civil societies, traders, activists among others.
They marched through major streets from Adegbemile Cultural Centre to the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure sensitising members of the public on the need to shun corrupt practices.
The one Kilometre walk took off at the Adegbemile Cultural centre and terminated at the MKO Democracy park amidst tight security.
The Ondo State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mrs Grace Akpabio who said the march was a form of awareness campaign to the society on having a corrupt-free nation, urged the youths to take up the responsibility of taking Nigeria out of her current situation.
She said the leadership of the EFFC felt that the best way to enlighten Nigerians was through the youths, especially corps members who would be entering the labour market soon.
Akpabio also warned those in position of authority to desists from corrupt practices that would later affect others and avoid tolling the line of their forefathers.
Akpabio, said the walk 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.
“It is our hope and prayer that we getting rid of corruption so government will be able to provide basic amenities for the people.
“Stay away from crime, stay away from nepotism, stay away from corruption, having been wonderful and excellent corps members, I believe you will stay away from corruption,” she said.
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.
In a remark, Mrs Jumoke Aborode who spoke on behalf of civil society appreciated the NYSC and EFCC for such initiative, urging the youths to kick against corruption.