A Non Governmental Organization, Wadata Media and Advocacy Center (WAMAC) called for collective effort to fight corruption in Nigeria.
WAMAC supported by MacArthur Foundation held a town hall meeting in Maiduguri on Saturday, as part of its advocacy campaign against Corruption, themed “Community Participation in the fight against corruption in Nigeria Using Local Language”
In a Communiqué Signed by WAMAC Chairman and Team Lead, Mr. Zubair Abdurrauf Idris, issued at the End of the Meeting charged Nigerians to join hands to end the menace of Corruption in the Country.
At the meeting which participants were drawn from the Media, Civil Society Organizations, Community Based Organizations, Religious and Community leaders as well as anti-Corruption agency (EFCC), National Orientation Agency (NOA), Commissioner of information (representing Borno State Governments) The Nigerian Police and other security agencies it was resolved that;
“Participants recognized that fighting the menace of corruption and Promotion of Good Governance is a collective responsibilities of all citizens.”
“Participants agreed to intensify their efforts through reporting of corruption issues by adopting “Whistle Blower” policy and advocate for scrutiny of individuals by community and religious leaders humoring people with questionable character with titles.”
“Participants calls for ‘Change of Attitudes’ to fight Corruption and urges for speedy trial of alleged corruption cases in various courts.”
“The Town Hall meeting also calls for a ‘Structural Change’ in the fight against corruption notably ;- ( I ) Fighting Corruption from homes by inculcating moral behavior of piety, truthfulness and fairness in all spheres of life. (ii) Forming of anti-corruption clubs within communities to fight corruption and (iii) the media were urged to campaign vigorously on the dangers of corruption.”
“Participants urged community and religious leaders to take messages of the fight against corruption to their domain and followers.”
“Participants also advocated for ‘Offenders Register’ to named and shamed all convicted corrupts persons irrespective of political and religious status.
Participants calls on the anti-corruption agencies to interface with journalists periodically and give information and data of convictions of corrupt persons.”
“Finally, communities were obliged to monitor and report wrongdoings in the execution of projects in their localities.” the Communiqué listed
According to the Communiqué the end of the Town Hall meeting, Radio Nigeria, Peace FM, Maiduguri a Partner Radio Station of WAMAC has been Commended the giant role it Plays in the fight against Corruption through local Languages in Kanuri and Hausa advised people to speak out on issues of corruption in their communities.
Earlier, in his Speech, the WAMAC Chairman, Zubair Abdurrauf Idris said, “the choice of Maiduguri and indeed Borno State for the Town Hall discussion on anti-corruption drive at this particular time of COVID-19 third wave pandemic is to appraise as well as amplify the fight against corruption and Promotion of Good Governance within the spectrum of ‘Theatre of War’ due to insurgency that ravages many communities in the North East.”
“Our commitment to the Promotion of Good Governance and Promotion of Accountability in this project and concept by Wadata Media and Advocacy Centre and supported by The John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is aimed at stepping into difficult terrain of the fight against corruption through investigative journalism and reportage on radio programmes in twelve radio stations across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.” He noted
The Wadata Media and Advocacy Center, therefore therefore urge community leaders and Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO’s) to cooperate with Journalists in the production of investigative reports on the fight against corruption. Community members and radio listeners will be engage in anti-corruption dialogue and discourse to achieve maximum result and charged communities to owned the fight against corruption.