- Say No Campaign Nigeria has continued its campaign for community participation in the fight against corruption
- This time the anti-corruption group took its campaign to Edo state
- The Edo town hall meeting is the sixth of such engagement in the country by the group
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Say No Campaign Nigeria, with support from the Macarthur Foundation, has continued its campaign for community participation in the fight against corruption.
The advocacy continued on Tuesday, July 28, in Edo state with community leaders in Egor and Etsako West local government areas participating.
At a one-day town hall meeting with the leaders, officials of the Say No Campaign Nigeria hammered on the need for a community approach to combating corruption in Nigeria.
The co-convener of the Say No Campaign, Mr Ezenwa Nwagwu in a remark at the meeting, urged the community leaders to use their respected and prestigious position to fight corruption and influence good governance in their various communities, asides merely complaining about corrupt practices.
He said the Edo Town Hall meeting tagged Community Approach to Combating Corruption was the sixth of this kind of engagement in the country coming after that of Kano, Borno, Enugu, Lagos, and Akwa-Ibom states and was designed to steer up peoples’ interest in fighting corruption from the local or community level.
He added that the campaign is interested in an anti-corruption fight led by the people.
On his part, a representative from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Emmanuel Kudu noted that traditional rulers need to volunteer information to the anti-corruption agencies who will investigate and do the necessary.
According to him, such a move is one way they can contribute to the fight beyond mobilizing their community people.
Edo/Delta public enlightenment officer of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Raphael Mmadike stated that every community member should try and own the constituency projects within their domain; track and ensure its implementation, to benefit everyone in the community.
The highlight of the meeting was the setting up of a network of community leaders to integrate the values of uprightness among their followers, question service failure and track budget implementation in their communities.
Similarly, the community leaders were urged to embrace the moral responsibility of advocating for integrity among their heterogeneous followers by not overlooking or condoning corruption.
The Say No Campaign has been at the forefront of fighting corruption in Nigeria, both at the national and community level.
The anti-corruption group recently commended the Senate committee on public accounts for summoning Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government and mandating them to submit their annual audit report to the office of the Auditor General of the Federation.
The Senate committee recently vowed to sanction the MDAs who failed to comply with the constitutional mandate.
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“The news of the upper chamber’s summon of these erring MDAs right after the call from the conveners of Say No Campaign and its anti-corruption cohorts to take action, is an indication of the readiness of the current leadership of the Senate to work with Nigerians in the interest of the country,” the group said in a statement sent to journalists.
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