Lagos State: Monday 14th
The Lagos branch of Youth Alive
Foundation (YAF) organized a partners meeting with youth organizations in Lagos
state to discuss strategies that will increase the participation of Lagos state
youths in the fight against corruption.
The meeting which was held at the Smartx Business Hub Maryland Lagos had
youth organizations identifying areas of partnership and collaboration. The
project in Lagos has three strategic areas which are; Strengthening academic
integrity and accountability in Tertiary/ secondary schools in Lagos State, Strengthening
the capacity of YANET Lagos/ youth groups to effectively support the fight
against corruption in the education sector and other emerging sector, and
Public awareness to change social norms around corruption in the education
sector and other emerging sectors. Notable youth organizations present were
International Youth Fellowship (IYF), Women Protection Organization, African
Resourceful Leadership Foundation, Africa Youth Initiative on Crime Prevention,
Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities (JONAPWD), Lagos
Community Youth Volunteers, 9ja Mentors, and Beat FM.
The Independent Corrupt Practices
and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) was represented in the meeting by
Mrs. Mary Omonoyan and Mrs. Popoola Oluwaseyi, ICPC Education Department. Mrs.
Mary Omonoyan while giving a goodwill message commended YAF and the youth
organizations present for coming together to collaborate for the good of youths
in the state and expressed the commission’s commitments to support the
implementation of the Y-PAC project in Lagos state. The Executive Director of Youth
Alive Foundation (YAF), Dr. Udy Okon during a question and answer session made
the following remarks,
“The truth is that youths are not
ready to fight corruption but that is because their spirit has been broken by
the prevalent impunity coupled with corrupt local, state and national systems.
We must revive the spirit of youths in groups and individually to take personal
responsibility towards the fight against corruption. This is what the Y-PAC
project is seeking to achieve.”
The Y-PAC project is a DFID funded
project that commenced April 2017 in Abuja and seeks to engage youths as active
advocates in the fight against corruption through capacity building, behavior
change communications and civic engagements. Y-PAC is spearheading the MADACT
(Make a Different against Corruption Today) Movement. The website for the
movement is www.madact.ng.