Mr Egbodofo Olumide, the Maiduguri Zonal Commander of EFCC, has reiterated the need build public ownership of the anti-corruption to make the fight more effective.
Olumide made the call on Saturday in Maiduguri while addressing a Town Hall meeting on anti-corruption organized by an NGO, Wadata Media and Advocacy Centre (WAMAC) in collaboration with MacArthur Foundation.
The theme of the meeting that brough together Journalists, CSOs, security, religious bodies, traditional and religious leaders is “Community Participation In The Fight Against Corruption In Nigeria Using Local Language.”
Olumide said that such measure would make local communities and citizens to see the fight as their responsibility to design, implement and evaluate as well as defend it when attacked by corrupt individuals and their collaborators.
“Respected local figures such as religious and community leaders are major stakeholders in the quest to combat the menace of corruption and the must lend thier voices in the fight as well as help influence their people to join the fight against corruption.
“Furthermore, monitoring and evaluation of strategies put in place to combat corruption must be consistently done for easy adaptation as situations on ground change.
“Therefore, you are encouraged to say something when you see any form of corruption being perpetrated, ” Olumide said.
In his address, the Team Lead of WAMAC, Zubair Abdurra’uf Idris, said sensitization programme on corruption is to be held in all the six geo-political zones in Nigeria as part of measures to promote good governance and accountability.
“The essence of the town hall meeting is to make appraisal of the new concept of fighting corruption through citizen participation in governance and enhancing community interface on investigative journalism.
“We are happy to note here that the programme on anti-corruption on Peace FM Maiduguri in Kanuri and Hausa has started yielding results in which the general are demanding for accountability, ” Idris said.
While urging community leaders and NGOs to cooperate with Journalists on investigative reports to expose all forms of corruption, Abdurra’uf lauded Borno Government for making civil servants more proactive in service delivery and accountability in the state.
“Few months ago, a commissioner was fired on alleged corruption, and of recent health workers found wanting were suspended.
“Citizens can emulate this giant stride in our collective drive to rid our society of corruption for good governance and accelerated development, ” Idris added.