A Coalition of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) ”Say No Campaign Nigeria’’ has called on local communities in Akwa Ibom to embrace the fight against corruption to ensure better living standard.
Speaking during a one-day town hall on community approach against graft at Um-neck Hotels in Uyo Mr. Ezenwa Nwagu co-convener of the organization said it is time for the local communities to brace up and participate fully in the fight against corruption.
Nwagu who explained that Corruption hits the poorest the hardest said the battle against corruption was vital for Sustainable Development of the nation as it stifled growth and development.
According to Nwagwu, “The duty for us every citizens including the local communities is to continue to say no to corruption, democracy does not envisage that one man will fight corruption.
Despite the popularity of such words as “transparency”, “regulation”, “accountability” and “governance”, corruption was an everyday reality in Nigeria.
“Democracy means that the legislature, judiciary, executive and the citizens will collectively join hands to say no to corruption; so, today we came here to tell our people that enough is enough they should join us and other well-meaning bodies to ensure that corruption is fought to stand still.
He explained that the idea of the town hall meeting is conceive with the aim of overhauling the notion of anti-corruption fight in Nigeria and ensure local citizen participation.
Nwagwu said that every NGO’S and CSO’S organized seminars and workshop with the aim of fighting corruption but the only way to ensure that corruption is fought holistically was for citizens in our local communities to also take a stand by holding local government councils in our communities accountable to an intense and impartial fight against corruption without sparing anybody.
‘’As citizens of this great country we should hold our government accountable for the provision of services because it was when public services failed that room would be created for corruption’’.
‘’Corruption is not only about people in Government common Garri seller who tried to cut corners by employing every tactics to shortchange a prospective buyer is also involving in corrupt practices.
‘ Under normal circumstances ’we shouldn’t allowed this kind of things to thrive, but when we get cheated and because we feel that the cheater is our relatives and allowed him or her to go unexposed then we are also culpable’’ he stated.
By Bernard Tolani Dada Uyo