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.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) 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.