Abuja, Feb. 13, 2018 (TNE) The Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), on Tuesday said corruption is responsible for the 22.64 million employed youths statistics in Nigeria.
In a statement in Abuja by its Executive Director, Mr Samson Itodo, the group said that the worrisome figure was revealed by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
“If we consider that youths’ unemployment rate in Nigeria as at December, 2017 was at 52.65 per cent or 22.64 million, according to NBS report, then we may begin to understand the dire condition we find ourselves.
“In the centre of this is the challenge of corruption that has robbed us of good governance that meets the needs of the people with our national wealth being plundered over the years and presently.
“We are impoverished in a supposedly wealthy nation and have no better option than to join the movement of citizens united in the fight against corruption,” it said.
The group said that a corruption survey reported by NBS in 2017 also showed that majority of Nigerians will accept bribe when offered or give bribe when demanded.
It said that the report revealed that only 5.3 per cent of Nigerians will either refuse bribe when demanded or accept when offered to them.
It added that the report also showed that young people constituted the largest percentage, which was 95 per cent of people likely to give or receive bribe as the case might be.
“Interestingly, one of the most likely kinds of bribe is the payment of bribe for jobs in the civil service.
“The report does not only release data to support the growing rate of corruption, but reveals a reality that is worrisome.’’
It said that the reality made the group to begin a project to tackle corruption from tertiary institutions by launching “BounceCorruption’’ project.
It explained that the project will mobilise more than 20 million Nigerians in the fight against corruption and need for accountability.
The group said that it will use the tertiary institutions medium to propagate the values of integrity, transparency and accountability, adding that it will entail debate competition by selected institutions across the country.
According to it, BounceCorruption, which is supported by MacArthur Foundation, is designed to complement efforts by state and non-state actors in the fight against corruption.
This, it stated, is by promoting zero tolerance for corruption and impunity through effective citizen’s oversight and mobilisation for governance that was accountable.