Youths Key To Achieving Corruption Free Nigeria – Minister
By Rasaq Bamidele
Lagos, Nigeria. Dec. 10, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has rallied Nigerian youths to be in the vanguard of the fight against corruption, saying unbridled corruption is robbing the youths of their future.
Mohammed spoke at the launch of the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC) in Lagos on Saturday, where he said there was no better way to tackle the menace of corruption than to involve the youth, who would manage the country’s future.
”If we can enlist the support of the Nigerian youth in the fight against corruption, our dream of a corruption-free Nigeria can become a reality. If the youth can be adequately sensitised to the dangers posed to their future by corruption, they will need little or no prodding to take on the corrupt in our society,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
The Minister said no group of Nigerians suffer more from the consequences of corruption than the youth.
”The resources that would have been invested to develop our youths have been stolen over the years. Thousands of youths who graduate from the University and other institutions of higher learning are roaming the streets due to lack of jobs that would have been created, had the resources not been stolen. The infrastructure needed by youths to give vent to their creativity, either in the creative industry or in other areas of human endeavour, are not there, because funds allocated to build such infrastructure have been stolen by fat cats,” he said.
The Minister cited several cases of recovered loot such the 25 billion Naira being saved monthly by cutting unnecessary allowances of officials, elimination of phantom subsidy payment of between 800 billion and 1.3 trillion Naira annually, the recovery of 43 million dollars and 56 houses from one former government official among others as a proof that the government is winning the anti corruption war.
He lauded the Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption and pledged to support the programme through adequate publicity.
The event was attended by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who gave the keynote address, and Nobel Laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, among other dignitaries.