Anti-Corruption Situation Room (ACSR) virtual summit, has called for enhanced budgetary allocation that will fully empower women and physically challenged persons as part corruption fighting tool.
The summit challenged the Federal, State Governments and various
anti-corruption institutions to step up efforts to fight corruption
that specifically target women.
At the 2-day zoom conference participants drawn from across the country said that given the location of women in the socio-economic spectrum, they are some of the most hit by the consequences of corruption.
The conference listed sextortion demanding for sex before public service, associated with many institutions in the country as one in a series of corruption practices
of which women are direct victims.
The call was part of the resolution at the end of a Two-day
Anti-Corruption Situation Room (ACSR) virtual summit focusing on the
Reports of the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and United Nations
Office of Drug and Crime (UNODC) Second Survey on Corruption organized
by Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre)
with the support of the United Nations Development Program, (UNDP),
MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, (OSIWA).
The summit ended on Tuesday.
“In Nigeria, corruption remains a scourge. There have been renewed
efforts to deal with the problem of corruption which is a common
phenomenon in all aspects of human life in Nigeria. Corruption destroys
the fabric of the society, diminishes the quality of governance, erodes
the foundation of democracy and the rule of law, and eliminates the
potential of institutions” the participants stated.
The communiqué called on the Federal, State, local governments and other
arms of government to prepare budgets that are inclusive of women and
other vulnerable people. “To save women from the brazen impact of
corruption, there should be institutionalized framework to empower
greater women economic and social empowerment. This should be sustained
through an independent institution or department to handle corruption
relating to the exploitation of women,” the delegates stated.
The summit called for a gender-driven education focusing on women to
increase their participation in the economic and political processes.
This can be broadened through viable stakes and platforms for women
It also called for greater and deeper collaboration between the media
and the civil society instead of the tradition of transactional
relationship. “Public and private media also have important roles to
play in the anti-corruption campaign. This can only be enhanced through
the transformation of public media from organs of individual state
actors into public interest platforms”
Participants noted that constructive engagements on corruption should be
backed with relevant information and data. Public and private
institutions should be forthcoming in releasing information as contained
in the freedom of information law, for overall public interest. The
communiqué commended HEDA for the effectiveness of its activities and
the determined manner it has changed the landscape of the
anti-corruption campaign in Nigeria.
As part of the strategic interventions, HEDA Resource Centre in
collaboration with UNODC and international partners have been organizing
series of training one of the latest being the 2-day Experts Training
and Advocacy on Tracing and Recovery of Illicit Funds and Assets
organized for NGOs, ACAs and Media across the country.