The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has tasked Nigerian students and members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to embrace hard work and shun any involvement in computer-related frauds.
The EFCC Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in a press statement, Wednesday in Abuja, said the EFCC Zonal Head, Lagos Office, Ghali Ahmed, gave the charge at a nation-wide Attitudinal Re-Orientation Programme for Students in Tertiary Institutions- South West Zone organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA).
He said Ghali, who was represented by the Head, Public Affairs Directorate, Lagos, Ayo Oyewole, at the event organised in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration at the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, Lagos.
Ahmed said the warning had become imperative, following the alarming rate of youths’ involvement in all forms of social vices across the country.
“There is no better time to sensitise and encourage our students and youths to shun all forms of criminal tendencies and imbibe desirable attitudes necessary for national development and better future than now.
“I want to you to embrace the virtue of hard work. There is no shortcut to wealth and fame. Acts of criminality might give you instant wealth, but there will be misery and gnashing of teeth in the end.
“Ostentatious and flamboyant lifestyle, without a corresponding hard work, is perilous. You are not to be mere spectators in the anti-graft campaign; rather, you should be the foot soldiers of the fight by becoming change agents and help mould the minds of the younger ones everywhere you go, so that the fight against corruption, economic and financial crimes can be far-reaching.
“It is of great importance to keep reminding you as youths that you are critical stakeholders in curbing corruption,” Ahmed.
In a similar development, Head, Benin Zonal Office, Muhtar Bello, have charged members of the NYSC to be change agents in the fight against economic and financial crimes in the country.
“We want you to become foot soldiers and whistle blowers in areas of your primary assignment. We also want you to become good examples in discipline, transparency, integrity and accountability because you cannot give what you don’t have.”
Earlier, President of the CD group, Adeniyi Taiwo, who led the group on the courtesy visit, said they were at the EFCC to know more about its activities, and how they could partner with the Commission in curbing the menace of economic and financial crimes.