Written by Chuks NZEH

ECOWAS youths task African leaders on illicit financial flows

Youth groups from the West Africa sub region recently stormed the ECOWAS Headquarters in Abuja, urging African leaders to stop Illicit Financial Flows, IFF, from the continent, blaming high rate of unemployment on the development.

The youth groups under the aegis of Public Service International, PSI, were in Abuja for a two-day workshop on tax justice.

The youths had placards with different inscriptions such as; "No to tax haven, implement AU report in IFF’, ‘Africa is bleeding, Halt Illicit Financial Flows” among others.

Numbering over 500, they warned that the future is bleak for the youths if nothing is urgently done to arrest the situation.

At the commission, both NLC coordinator of Tax Justice campaign, Comrade Eustace James, and the coordinator of Human and Trade Union rights of ITUC-Africa, Comrade Joel Odigie, said Africa leaders must ensure multinationals operating in the continent pay required tax.

Comrades James on his part said the youths were there to submit a letter of demand to the ECOWAS Commission for onward delivery to the various Heads of Governments demanding tax justice.

The letter was received by a representative of the ECOWAS Commission’s president, Mr Steven Narte, who assured them of onward delivery to the various governments.

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