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Published On: Mon, Nov 20th, 2017

CSO sensitises citizens, women on anti-corruption war

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By Musa Adam

A civil organisation, the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres (ALAC) has sensitised Nigerians on the need for them buy-in on the on-going anti-coeruption drive of the present administration.
ALAC, an upshoot of the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), held a workshop to educate citizens and women groups on their rights.
CISLAC is currently implementing a project through Transparency International (TI), with support from Global Affairs Canada to empower citizens to become part of the anti-corruption campaign, which is the core focus of the present administration.
In his address, the Executive Director, CISLAC, Auwal Musa, said it was expedient for citizens to begin to demand accountability from the government.
He noted that Nigerians were not aware of their fundamental rights and as such, adding that they could not tell when their rights were violated or know where to go for redress.
He furthet noted that there was a need for all Nigerians to understand their rights and demand accountability from those who govern them.
He explained that ALAC offers citizens the opportunity to actively engage in fighting corruption by reporting corruption cases.
He saidd: “This is in line with one of Nigeria’s commitment under the Open Governance Partnership (OGP) to support victims and witnesses of corrupt practices.”
He stressed that corruption affects Nigerians everyday lives and that it was important people were encouraged to report incidences of corruption without fear.
Also commenting, a Senior Programme Officer with CISLAC, Kola Banwo, who gave an overview of the IMPACT project, explained that the project was about getting citizens involved in the fight against corruption,
building knowledge, sharing ideas and supporting victims and witnesses of corruption. He further stated that ALAC takes information in a confidential manner, so the victim or witness was protected.

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