Anti Corruption Team Want Enhanced Budget For Women/Physically Challenged 

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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

advocacy.

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.

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