The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in partnership with the Creative Youth Initiative against Corruption, CYIAC, Thursday presented gifts (Net Books) to 25 winners who emerged from a three-month intensive creative programme embarked upon to curb corruption through creative development.
The students, between ages nine to 14, showcased their talents in painting, drama, poetry and singing. The event took place at the Nike Art Gallery, Lekki, Lagos.
The Net Book, a mini-laptop is packaged with educational materials and Bribe Buster application; an animated video series for children and youth developed by TRACE International, USA, for the purpose of advancing commercial transparency worldwide.
Presenting the gifts to the winners, Osita Nwajah, the Director of Public Affairs EFCC, who represented the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said the commission was delighted to be identified with the project.
He said the commission’s involvement in the project was a deliberate effort at achieving a corrupt-free Nigeria.
“Corruption is fighting back and it is easy to be discouraged, but the EFCC will do all it can within its powers to ensure that corruption is fought to the barest minimum and one of the ways to achieve the preventive mandate of the commission is to support this initiative,” he said.
The CYIAC, a corruption preventive initiative of the EFCC, kicked off in October, 2016, and is committed to lead change in children and youth by eradicating corruption through character (attitude) and skill (aptitude) development for the positive advancement of Nigeria.
Foluke Michael, Project Director of the CYIAC, in her opening remarks said the project was aimed at creating awareness on corruption to the youth and children and they have since been able to achieve that through various forms of art.
Also at the event was the launch of Creative Youth Community Development Initiative, CYCDI, a non-governmental organisation that aims to empower children, youth and women through creative development to support the creative industries and other community development projects by promoting creativity, entrepreneurial skills, empowerment programs and wealth creation in children, youths and women in Africa.
The Chairperson of CYCDI, Oyenike Okundaye, said her organisation would give the necessary support and platform to ensure that the CYCDI delivers its object of building a new Nigeria that engages children, youth, women and creative community for the advancement of the nation.