Ondo NYSC coordinator tasks corps members to shun corruption

By Arogbonlo Israel

In a bid to tackle corruption in Nigeria, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ondo has urged the Nigerian youths  to support the crusade against the menace.

The NYSC in collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) held a 10million-man walk on Friday to support the crusade against corruption in the country.

Addressing Corps members at the MKO Democracy Park in Akure, the state coordinator of NYSC,  Mrs. Grace Akpabio described corruption as a killer that must be tackled for the country to experience huge progress across all sectors.

“As you can see, the banner says, ‘Nigerian youths say no to corruption’. We see you as the people that will bring Nigeria out of the beam. We hope to change the narrative by staying away from corrupt practices such as giving and taking bribe, nepotism, and everything that makes Nigeria to occupy the world index when it comes to corruption in the world. 

“I believe that as we’ve taken this walk today, whatever happens that makes you believe that you must trod behind the paths of your forefathers, you would have a rethink and a change of mind and dare to be different.

“There is a book, we read back then in secondary school days titled: ‘The incorruptible judge’. It is possible to be like the incorruptible judge in the Nigeria today. As we go, I believe you would leave up to that name by ensuring that you stay away from every form of corruption in our society,” she said.

The NYSC boss also urged all government agencies to shun corruption as they render their services to the public.

“Corruption must be shunned by all and sundry in Nigeria. All government agencies must ensure that the money budgeted for that actual programme that it was released for, a portion of it should not be kept back for other purposes, especially in our health facilities.

” Also, the educational sector must ensure that money disbursed for bursary are used to cater for the welfare of students, and shouldn’t in their responsibility of paying the students as at when due; these students might end up becoming our nightmares in the years to come. Right now, we are seeing the effects with the likes of the Almajiris in the North. 

“So, I want to use this opportunity to call all of us to make up our minds especially the youth to shun corruption.”

Also speaking , Mr. Joshua Oloye from EFCC, urged the corps members to take the fight against corruption to every nook and cranny of Nigeria so as to make the country great.

One of the corps members who identified himself as Damilola Akinlade urged fellow compatriots to be good exemplary leaders in the various fields they found themselves.