By PALANG KASMI
“Corruption is just like corona virus and it must be eliminated in our society to ensure transparency and integrity”, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has said.
Governor Lalong stated this Friday in Jos while speaking at the “Nigerian Youths Walk Against Corruption”, jointly organised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and Federal Ministry of Youths, and the NYSC.
Our Correspondent reports that the walk, with the theme “Ten million match against corruption” was held simultaneously across the country. The Plateau State walk commenced at the NYSC Secretariat, Miango Road, Jos, and terminated at the Old Airport Road in the Jos, the Plateau State capital.
While declaring the walk opened, the Governor said “everybody should be involved in the corruption fight because corruption is everybody’s business”.
He charged the NYSC members who massively participated in the walk and Nigerian youths to be good ambassadors and a part of the corruption fight in their places of assignment.
Explaining the mission of the walk, the representative of the EFCC, Umar Babangida, called on Nigerians to be active participants in the fight against corruption.
“Because of the malaise of corruption in our society, we have lost several facilities and it has brought us backwards in terms of development, so we are calling on youths to collaborate with us to be able to fight this cause”, he said.
Also speaking during the sensitisation walk, the State Coordinator, NYSC, Caroline William Embo called on NYSC members and youths to see themselves as future leaders who should participate in the campaign against corruption in their communities.
“The youths are the leaders of tomorrow so we need to catch them young. That is why the Corps members have come out in their numbers to join the fight against corruption”.
“If they do not protect their future today, then it means their tomorrow is bleak”, the State Coordinator said.