Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said integrity was essential for preventing social vices among youths.
The Vice-President said this at the launch of the Education for Justice Initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Abuja, where he was represented by his Advisor on Rule of Law, Dr Fatima Waziri-Azi.
Osinbajo, who was the keynote speaker, said young people had a significant part to play in cultivating a culture of lawfulness.
He said, “The role of education in promoting the rule of law and a culture of lawfulness cannot he overemphasised. Young people are very important contributors to a culture of lawfulness as it is the duty of government to provide the needed educational support that nurtures positive values and attitudes.
“Building a culture of integrity in society is crucial to the education of young people; the knowledge, skills and behaviours they acquire now shape the future.
“Integrity is essential for preventing corruption and other vices. According to the Edelman Trust Report, public trust in institution is a device and institutions need to grow out of their traditional roles and forge new engagement models that put people at the centre.”
According to the Vice-President, this is especially true for Nigeria where issues of corruption, terrorism and drugs remain existential.