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Youth Forum: West African youths vow to fight against corruption, illegal migration

Feb 24, 2015, 9:49 AM | Article By: Bakary Samateh

Youths from five anglophone West African countries have recently vowed to renew their commitment and determination to fight against corruption and illegal migration in their various communities in all its forms in their respective countries.

The youths numbering about 80 made the pledge at the end of a five-day West Africa Youth Integrity Camp held in Lagos, Nigeria, in early September 2014.

At the end of the event, youths from The Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia and Sierra Leone pledged that they would do their best to fight against corrupt practices and the issue of the illegal migration, which has caused a serious impact on the African youths.

Meanwhile, in his closing address on behalf of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) of Nigeria, the event organizers, the deputy commissioner of Education at ICPC, M.A. Baba, congratulated the participants for a successful camp.

He challenged them to serve as ambassadors of integrity anywhere they find themselves, and educate people who are not fortunate to be part of the gathering.

He also urged the youth leaders at the camp to live up to expectations, by fighting against corruption small or big.

“We challenge you to put the knowledge and skills gained from this training camp into practice back home in your communities,” he said.

He thanked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Transparency International for their support and collaboration.

Azuka Ogugua of ICPC hailed the participants for taking part actively in all the programme sessions.

She challenged the participants to use integrity as vehicle to propel development in the sub-region.

Details of the 1st Anglophone Youth Integrity Camp communiqué will be published in this week’s edition of Youth Forum, and will be displayed on their website to enlighten youths and groups for the betterment of the African youths.