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The Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC) is taking global action against corruption through a campaign tagged “CYIAC Corruption Busters (CCB)” to join forces with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to fight the Crime.

CYIAC campaign focuses on how corruption affects democracy, social development, education, health, justice and economic growth. CCB will promote the #UnitedAgainstCorruption for development, peace and security by collaborating with government, private sectors, civil society organisations and youth to jointly tackle the crime.

CCB campaign begins with the launch and movie premiere of CCB education series designed to achieve culture of integrity and community free from corruption through massive education and creative development in children, youth and adult. The event holds on December 9, 2017 to mark International Anti-Corruption Day.

The CCB will be launched by the Nigeria Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo along with the Minister of Information and Culture -Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Nobel Laureate-Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ibrahim Magu and the CYIAC Goodwill Ambassador, Ms Bimbo Akintola.

The Project Coordinator and Head of Office of UNODC, Mr. Glen Prichard, the Consul General, Federal Republic of Germany in Lagos, Mr. Ingo Herbert and the President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin will speak at the event.

The Project Director of CYIAC, Foluke Michael stated that CYIAC campaign is focusing on corruption; which is the biggest impediments to achieving Sustainable Development Goals. Our strategy is to promote creativity, develop talents and build confidence in children and youth. CYIAC provides youth with capabilities they require to become economically productive, develop sustainable livelihoods, contribute to peace, justice and strong institutions and take bold steps in creating the future they desire through creative thinking and innovation. Anti-corruption is an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It calls for substantial reductions in corruption as part of the efforts to build peaceful and inclusive societies under Goal 16.

To further expand the CCB campaign, CYIAC has opened Nationwide Creative Challenge. The contest is open to children and youth in Primary and Secondary (public and private) schools, and undergraduates between ages 9 to 25 years. Participants will be required to submit essays, short stories or creative ideas online, based on the theme “Imagine the World Free from Corruption”, this will be followed by virtual interview and screening exercise from January 27, 2018, Foluke added.
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