Cleen Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, NGO, has indicated intention to partner with the Federal Government in tackling corruption and the problem of youth unemployment in the country.
According to programme officer of the NGO, Mr. Ifeanyi Anyanwu, the organisation has already initiated the construction of a multi-million naira skills acquisition centre at Obinze, Owerri West Council Area of Imo State, which would upon completion, offer jobs to numerous unemployed youths mainly those of the South East.
Anyanwu disclosed this at a one-day ‘Governance and Security Forum’ organised by the NGO for the people of Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State.
He said the project, which would hopefully be completed in the first quarter of next year, arose because of the challenges in governance in which unemployment among youths in the country was a major one, stressing that the project would strengthen selfeconomic reliance among the targeted beneficiaries and thus reduce the problem of insecurity to the barest minimum.
Anyanwu added that the NGO has already facilitated 15 local governance and security fora in Oguta and Ahiazu Mbaise council areas, disclosing that the NGO was looking for donor agencies such as the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Imo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission, ISOPADEC, and other institutions to bring in youths for training.
Established in 1998 with offices in Abuja, Lagos and Owerri, Anyanwu said the organisation has a mission of promoting public safety, security and accessible justice through the strategies of empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes and publication in partnership with governments and the civil society.
In a lecture on how to curb the corruption effects of governance, the executive director of Development Dynamics, Dr. Jude Ohanele, identified corruption as the abuse of power for private gains, adding that corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that effects all nations, undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability.
Dr. Ohanele who equally shed light on security, governance and community mobilisation, said good governance must be participatory, consensus-oriented, accountable, transparent and open (open budget); responsive, effective and efficient equitable and inclusive, applying the rule of law.
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