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YIAGA mobilises 20m youths against corruption

By Vera Opene

A group, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement, YIAGA, has said it was mobilising 20 million youths to join in the fight against corruption in the country.

Also, the group, in collaboration with Macarthur Foundation, yesterday, launched Bounce Corruption, which is designed to mobilise citizens to lead the war against corruption and impunity, as well as hold public institutions and officials accountable at local and national levels.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lagos, Chairman, YIAGA, Dr. Hassan Abdul, said fighting corruption required a bifurcated approach, adding that this involved tackling the attitude of public officials, systemic fiscal leakages and impunity through the instrumentality of the Rule of Law and the evolution of new norms.

Speaking, the Convener of Say No Campaign, Mrs. Ezenna Nwagwu, said the advocacy should be personalised to fight corruption, advising that the right information should be passed across by the media to boost Nigerians’ confidence.

Abdul said: “Our approach entails promoting the role of traditional and social media in anti-corruption programming, campaign, advocacy and learning; promoting partnership between media and youth groups on anti-corruption and empowering and strengthening community systems for accountability.”


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