Friday, 20 October 2017 16:41


EFCC Zonal Office, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria

EFCC-CYIAC Corruption Busters set for Launch on December 9, to mark United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day, amidst massive support from Women Arise and Movement Against Corruption.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) corruption prevention project, ‘Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption’ (CYIAC) commenced a critical stage on Friday, October 20, 2017, which is targeted at meeting global goals by 2030, through youth sensitisation, self-awareness and sustainable educational and creative developments in Children, Youth and Women in Nigeria.

CYIAC was launched by EFCC in October 2016, and commenced with the three months intensive pilot scheme tagged: “My New Nigeria: Free From Corruption”. The pilot scheme was supported by EFCC, Consul General of Federal Republic of Germany and Nigeria Stock Exchange.

According to the Project Director, Foluke Michael, the 2017 edition will kick-start with online campaign to sensitise children, youth and women through the “Join Our Community Campaign.” The online campaign will be followed by the launch of CYIAC App and nationwide registration portal on November 1, 2017, for participants between ages 9-14 years (Category 1), and 15-25 years (Category 2).

Participants will also be required to submit essays, short stories or creative ideas online, based on the theme “Imagine the World Free from Corruption”, between November 1 and December 15, 2017. She further stated that their Creative Innovation – CYIAC Corruption Busters (CCB) will be launched on December 9, 2017 to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, at the Filmhouse IMAX Cinema, Lekki. CCB is expected to launch in London and New York on December 9, and it will be available for free download worldwide same day.

Foluke added that, the strategy to achieve project objectives is tagged: ‘CYIAC Five’, which are based on Make, Create and Innovate (MCI). The stages of CYIAC Five are Registration, Submission, Interview, Development and Presentation. All applicants will be expected to go through registration, submission and interview whilst the selected participants will complete the last two (2) stages; which are training at the Development centre and Presentation of Creative Ideas. The final showcase of various ideas will be shown to local and International audience at the cinema and online television, dedicated for the programme.

Dr, Joe Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise and Chairman, Steering Committee for Movement Against Corruption (MAC), stated that both organisations have endorsed CYIAC as vehicle to reach out to children, youth and women. Dr Odumakin further stressed that the idea to involve young people in advocacy and fight against corruption is a movement in the right direction. According to her, “corruption must be destroyed from the root in Nigeria if the sufferings of the masses will be alleviated. Dr Odumakin however observed that presentations by the participants cannot be limited to arts. In addition, entrants are expected to express themselves in different sectors, such as energy, environment, climate change, health, justice, gender equality and others. MAC is a coalition of over 70 Civil Society organisations with a mission to #killCorruptionnow!

Dr. Odumakin added that CCB Innovation series are derived from the view that “our society must be seen through the lenses of children and youth.” This submission is based on EFCC-CYIAC 2016 Integrity Ambassadors. CCB is the contribution of CYIAC towards achieving global goals in 2030. The initiative is tailored to achieve culture of integrity and a nation free from corruption through educational development in Literary Arts, Music, Dance, Paintings, Digital Communication, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Information Technology.

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, condemned the practice of celebrating corruption and corrupt people in the country. He said Nigerians must continue to expose anyone involved in corrupt practices, saying the anti-graft war was a collective responsibility.

Magu also lamented that those who had been celebrating the treasury looters did not understand the evil in corruption. “But we must chase them; we must expose them. Let them return the loot to the treasury so that it can be judiciously utilized for our common good “There is nothing personal about the fight against corruption. It is rather a war for the betterment of the country,” he added.

The EFCC boss, who described corruption as Nigeria’s greatest enemy, added that one of the most effective strategies for winning the anti-graft war was to mobilise everybody to join in the fight. He added: “If there is any success story, it goes to all of us. “If we can sustain this fight with determination for the next one year, we will see a change of attitude in our people. In any case, we are already beginning to see the change of attitude.”

Magu, who also urged the anti-corruption ambassadors across the country not to be discouraged, stated that there had been efforts to mobilise Nigerians in the Diaspora, adding that “They have expressed determination to join in the anti-graft war."

He added that the commission is prepared to reach out to millions of children and youth on the platform of Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption and urge Schools, Parents, Guardians, Educators, Corporate Bodies, Governmental and International organizations, to work together with the commission in other to create a great nation we all would be proud of.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:39

UN General Assembly Week in New York

Ms. Foluke Michael, CEO/Project Director of CYCDI and EFCC- Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption will be joining other global leaders at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York, USA on 21 September, 2017. UN Global Compact will brings together an international community of leaders from business, civil society, academia, Government and the United Nations to accelerate business action and partnerships to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement.

With less than 5,000 days to meet these Global Goals by the 2030 deadline, the Leaders Summit seeks to challenge the status quo and the business-as-usual mindset. Featuring progressive and exciting plenary speakers alongside SDG-themed networking opportunities, the Summit will focus on how the UN Global Compact community can deliver measurable impacts for sustainable development.

By raising the ambition level, driving innovation and measuring the impact of responsible business action rooted in the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, we can ensure a more sustainable, equitable and prosperous future for all.

The Creative Director of CYIAC, Ayodeji Oluwadare stated that EFCC-CYIAC is anti-corruption initiative to build a nation we want through sustainable creative development in children and youth; which is in line with Principle Ten (10) of United Nation Global Compact. He further disclosed that ambitious targets are set to reach children, youth and businesses across Nigeria, our bold innovation which will be launched on 9 December, 2017 will help to deliver the SDGs.

CYIaC will achieve culture of integrity and a nation free from corruption through educational development in Literary Arts, Paintings, Digital Communication, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Information Technology.

According to Ms Lise Kingo- CEO and Executive Director of UN Global Compact “we are ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work with companies everywhere to turn risks into opportunities, make the Global Goals local business, and accelerate momentum towards meeting the 2030 deadline.

The Movement against Corruption (MAC) which comprises of Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIaC), Women Arise, Committee for the Defence of Human Rights and over fifty (50) Civil Society organisations and non-governmental organisations issued Red Card Against Corruption on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. Thousands of people marched from Ikeja under Bridge to the Lagos State National Assembly and the Governor’s Office Alausa, Ikeja in an effort to sensitize Nigerians, on the immediate need to possess ownership of the war against corruption in the country.

MAC was established with a mandate to develop and execute practical strategies geared towards the prevention and eradication of all forms of corrupt practices and abuse of power, in both the public and private sectors in Nigeria. The objective of MAC is to reject any form of policy or legislation from any tier or arm of government, aimed at encouraging acts of corruption, particularly those designed to shield corrupt elements, and giving amnesty to those indicted for corrupt practices.

Dr. Joe Okei- Odumakin, the Chairman Steering Committee of MAC, said that the group is determined to mobilise Nigerians to demand judicial accountability by campaigning against the increasingly slow pace of action of the judiciary in the prosecution of corruption related cases across various courts in Nigeria. She also said that Economic and Financial Crimes Commission needed to be better equipped to be able to perform its duties optimally.

Mr Inibeghe Effiong, Steering Committee Member of MAC, called on all arms of government to be involved in the fight against corruption. “All arms of government and organs of government must be involved in the fight against corruption. “The challenge, however, is that we see a situation where people talk about corruption as if it is just in Abuja; how about corruption in the local government, in the states, in the banking sector and in other spheres of the society? “We at MAC are determined to ensure that the organs of government are committed to this fight. We are determined to ensure the National Assembly passes laws that could enhance the fight against corruption,’’ Effiong said. He urged the people to support the anti-corruption agencies saying “ if the fight against corruption fails, all of us have failed, because we will not have healthcare, education, and other amenities’’.

Ms. Foluke Michael, the Project Director of Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption and Steering Committee Member of MAC said it’s time to rid Nigeria from corruption from the root by reaching out to children and youths in primary, secondary and tertiary institution in Nigeria. She said MAC’s long term plans includes reaching out to Nigeria populace through different designed projects which covers youth, grassroots, corporate organisations, community leaders among others. MAC projects is divided into four (4) categories; namely, MAC Children and Youths, MAC Grassroots, MAC Adults and MAC CSO’s Special Intervention. She further said coalition with different group is to strengthen EFCC in achieving her mandate to kill corruption in our country.

Foluke added that the nationwide call for registration for the 2017/2018 CYIAC will begin in the month of September. CYIaC is an anti-corruption initiative of EFCC established to build a nation we want through sustainable creative development in children and youths. Our strategy is in line with Principle Ten (10) of United Nation Global Combat. CYIaC will achieve culture of integrity and a nation free from corruption through educational development in Literary Arts, Paintings, Digital Communication, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Information Technology.

At the State House Alausa, MAC was received by State Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Seye Oladejo on behalf of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, he promised that the concerns of the group would be conveyed to the federal government. He further states that the situation in Nigeria today is unfortunate; we regard this group as friend of Nigeria and friend of this state. “Corruption is endemic in Nigeria and has eaten deep into our lives, even in religious gatherings. “If we don’t join hands to kill corruption, it will kill us. We have no other country. “We assure you of the full support of the Lagos State in tackling corruption and we assure you that we will take it to the Federal Government.

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 20:22

EFCC/CYIaC Set to Launch DNA-ACTION in Dublin

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission corruption prevention project, Creative Youth Initiative against Corruption (CYIAC) has concluded plan to launch anticorruption movement in the Diaspora. The event tagged “Diaspora Nigeria Action Against Corruption Initiative (DNA Action)” is earmarked for flag–off on October 1, 2017 to coincide with Nigeria’s national day celebration in collaboration with the Association of Nigerian Professionals in Ireland, Dublin.

DNA Action is expected to broaden the coalition of groups abroad committed to tackling corruption, improving Nigeria’s global image with a view to improving the country’s rating on the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, CPI. The group will further create a platform for discourse on the benefits of ridding Nigeria of corruption and support the anti- corruption prevention measures as it relates to children and youth re-orientation.

The Europe Director of DNA Action, Mr. Olajide Ademola Ajayi says there is no better time than now for Diaspora Nigerians to get involved in the advocacy against corruption. The group is currently reaching out to Nigeria communities worldwide for global campaign against corruption. DNA Action will facilitate town hall meetings in major countries across all continents (Asia, America, South America, Oceania etc) in collaboration with the Nigerian embassies.

The CYIaC is a vehicle for children and youth sensitization on the ills of corruption through creative development, self-awareness and re-orientation. The initiative was flagged off in October 4, 2016 in Abuja by the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. It has since engaged over a thousand children and youth in various creative initiatives all designed to increase their consciousness on the possibilities of a corrupt free Nigeria.

According to Foluke Michael, Project Director, CYIAC is seeking to build a sustainable anti- corruption movement that will complement and boost the efforts of the EFCC in the fight corruption in Nigeria. She expressed appreciation to the Consulate General of Germany and Nigeria Stock Exchange for supporting CYIaC, whilst calling on more corporate organizations and International bodies to partner with EFCC –CYIAC to eradicate corruption and corrupt practices in Nigeria.