Youth groups champion fight against corruption

Gloria Essien, Abuja


Nigerian youths under the auspices of Youths Anti-Corruption Network, YANET are taking the lead in the fight against corruption in the country.

Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, the National Coordinator of the Executive Director of YANET, Mr. Ovo Otarigho, said that there was the need for Nigerian youths to prevent corruption amongst young people.

“We realised the danger and force in which corruption hinders national development including young people’s personal growth. Nigeria has been a developing nation since independence, and 58 years after, we are still under developed. We recognise that the reason this under development is not because we lack technology, people or because of lack of low oil prices, instead, we recognise that it is as a result of corrupt practices by Nigerians in our public Institutions,” he said.

He also said that YANET’S approach to fighting corruption is not about name and shame but about grooming young people to promote anti-corruption.

He noted that Nigerians need to see corruption other than the name but link it to bad roads, lack of healthcare, and people not doing the right thing.

The Youth leader also said that the organisation would work with religious leaders, the ICPC, EFCC, Legislators and other stakeholders to promote the activities of the organisation.

Mr. Otarigho added that YANET would establish and sustain anti corruption clubs in institutions to ensure that young people are active in the fight against corruption.

On his part, the National Coordinator of Safe and Sound Youths Awareness Initiative, Mr. Chris Ugwuala, said that the current administration has done a lot in the area of anti-corruption but more needs to be done to effectively fight corruption in Nigeria.

He noted that YANET is engaging students in various higher institutions in Nigeria.

Also, the Programme Director Cal Moji Foundation, Faith Ayegba, says the youths in Nigeria need to be fully involved.

She said that indirectly, the youths fuel corruption by encouraging it through silence.

“Everyone needs to be involved for a better society,” she added.

The National Coordinator Youth Crime Watch of Nigeria, Mr. Cassy Adeleye said that in the past, most people looked the other way when corruption is taking place which is why corruption is rooted.

“For the fact that corruption has been entrenched for a long time has led to decay and we are suffering for it,” he said.

YANET however urged the youths at all levels to be anti-corruption champions for a better Nigeria.