Scrap Corruption Project: ActionAid Nigeria, others to strengthen Nigerians in fight against corruption

- ActionAid Nigeria has been at the forefront of fighting corruption in Nigeria

- The organisation and its partners are set to launch #ScrapCorruptionNG

- The move is aimed at strengthening citizens to beat corruption

As part of activities to mark the International Day of Anti-Corruption, ActionAid Nigeria and its partners are set to launch #ScrapCorruptionNG aimed at strengthening citizens to beat corruption.

A statement sent to indicates that a public dialogue on corruption and public presentation of an anti-corruption project will take place in Abuja on Monday, December 11.

According to the statement, the event will bring together participants from the government, private sector, the media, professional bodies, women groups, youth groups, academia, policy makers and enforcers, market associations, labour unions and people living with disabilities to participate.

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ActionAid has been at the forefront of fighting corruption and with cutting-edge strategies to curb the menace.

The group is behind the “Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption” (SCRAP-C) project which seeks to look at the fight against corruption through social norm lenses, and complement the law and enforcement approach that has been in existence in Nigeria.

The SCRAP-C project is a five-year project supported by the Department for International Development (DfID) Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACORN) programme.

It is managed by a consortium of three national organisations - ActionAid Nigeria (AAN), Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), and Centre for Communication Production in Nigeria (CCPN) led by ActionAid Nigeria.

The project also has four implementing partners Centre for Citizens with disabilities (CCD), Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) who are taking responsibility for communities and groups engagements across six strategic states (Akwa-Ibom, Bornu, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano/Jigawa, and Lagos) including the FCT. gathered that SCRAP-C is a research and citizens’ oriented project which will employ social marketing tools, research, advocacy, citizen’s mobilisation, media engagements and capacity development to achieve programme result which in this case is the desired behavioural change against corruption.

The project is designed to set the pace for citizens’ engagements, taking innovative and inclusive approach in its engagement with citizens.

“We believe that the adopted approach of citizens’ ownership of the anti-corruption battle would promote and nurture the right attitudes of citizens to corruption,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, a development practitioner, Dr Uduak Okon, has advised Nigerians to see themselves as drivers of the anti-corruption crusade in the country.

Dr Okon, who is the executive director of Youth Alive Foundation, made the statement during an interactive session with media practitioners in Abuja on Wednesday, December 6.

The event which had the theme: 'Increasing Youth Participation in the Fight against Corruption and the Role of Media' was part of activities to commemorate the International Anti-corruption Day on Saturday, December 9.

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