The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in partnership with the Creative Youth Initiative against Corruption, CYIAC today, June 22, 2017 presented gifts (Net Books) to winners of the three months intensive creative programme embarked upon to curb corruption through creative development. The students between ages 9 -14, showcased their talents in painting, drama, poetry and singing.

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.

The event which took place at the Nike Arts Gallery, Lekki saw the Director of Public Affairs EFCC, Osita Nwajah who stood in for the Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, present prizes to the winners.

Nwajah in his remarks stated that the commission was delighted to identify with CYIAC. 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 remark, said that 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 art forms.

The high point of the event, was the launch of Creative Youth Community Development Initiative, CYCDI, a non-governmental organization that aims to empower children, youths 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, Chief (Mrs.) Oyenike Okundaye said that her organization will give 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 our great Nation.

                                             Media & Publicity
                                             22 June, 2017