By Millicent Umoru-O
The Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19, NYCC-19 today held her 8th edition of the ‘One Stop Youth Talk’, a webinar program which is streamed live on Facebook.
Moderating the segment, Bonaventure Nwankama, Head of ICT, NYCC-19 stated that corruption is a form of dishonesty undertaken by a person or an organization entrusted with a position of authority. According to him, it is an act of acquiring illicit benefit or abuse of power for one’s private gain.
He stated that the best way youths can help curb corruption in Nigeria is by Blacklisting the corrupt leaders.
He also advised the youths to get involved in governance and National issues by equipping themselves with the right information.
Speaking on the topic: Corruption & Economic Woes Amidst Covid-19, the Role of Nigeria Youths, Vice Chairman and Head of States affairs, NYCC-19, Comrade Prince Chibuike emphasized on the need for youths to make their voices heard most especially as it concern recent happenings in the country, he noted that youths should be ready to come together to follow up with the the trend and most especially the Federal Government approved funds for youth’s investment program. He noted that the reason most youths do not make their voices heard is as a result of personal gains from corrupt individuals.
Comrade Chibuike further advised youths to wake up to this clarion call and stop allowing themselves to be used as agents to perpetuate crime.
Edo state command Information Officer, Peace Corp of Nigeria, Aigbedion Garnet said the fight for corruption should start with the sensitization of the young ones most especially students in secondary schools as it is better to catch the young. Putting into consideration the actions of the current leaders of the nation, Aigbedion urged the youths to equip themselves with trainings that would build their capacity as well as acquire skills that will make them relevant in the society rather than allowing themselves being used as thugs.
On his part, Waniko Rapheal a youth leader from Kogi State stated that Corruption starts with an individual, therefore it requires self determination to fight it.
In the same light, Shina Gudu, while speaking from Lagos State, said, most Leaders of the country are corrupt, he therefore emphasized the need for Nigerian leaders to lead by example so the youths can emulate them in the positive light.
“What the youths need is proper re-orientation. The Nigeria Youths are resilient but the circumstances surrounding them is neck-breaking” Gudu added.