The executive director of Youth Alive Foundation, Dr Uduak Okon, has advocated for active youth participation in the anti corruption efforts.
Dr Uduak made this call at an anti corruption summit, jointly organised by the Youth Alive Foundation and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence Commission (ICPC).
She maintained the effects of corruption is more on the youths because it jeopardises their future.
“The summit is put together by the ICPC and the Youth Alive Foundation to review the evidence based problem of Nigeria. This, she said, will direct stakeholders in the area of intervention.
“The purpose of the summit is to review evidence and status of problems in Nigeria by multiple stakeholders and non state actors, civil societies, enforcement agencies and research institutions. These efforts will direct us on area of intervention.”
Also speaking, the programme manager of ActionAid Nigeria, Newton Otsemaye said, over the years, the approach adopted in the fight against corruption was ineffective. This, he said, necessitated a change of strategy.
According to him, “Since the fight became very strong that corruption is dangerous, international community, experts and donor agencies thought if they work through government, they will be able to fight against corruption through sanctions and enforcement.
That ultimately failed because it wasn’t giving us the result we desire.
“They decided to try another method by empowering the people and civil societies to demand accountability from their government. This has not also worked. But the point we are, is where the civil societies, the government and the private sector, partner to fight corruption. I think this going to work because all hands are on deck.”
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