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Macarthur’s director, Shettima, seeks hall of shame for corrupt officials

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The Director, Africa of the Macarthur Foundation, Kole Shettima, wants the establishment of a Hall of Shame alongside one for Fame.

He says the anti-corruption project will become more effective when men and women who aid and abet corruption are properly portrayed as persons of vice.

In an interview on the maiden edition of Public Conscience, a radio anti-corruption programme produced by the Progressive Impact Organisation for Community Development (PRIMORG), Shettima further urged support for journalists who are imbued with zeal to perform their constitutional and professional role of serving as society’s watchdog, as a means of holding those in positions of power and influence accountable to the Nigerian people.

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Shettima said in a situation where mainstream media is constrained in terms of resources to drive investigation, the MacArthur Foundation is stepping in with what is required to aid earnest work by independent journalists who show good interest.

About 15 organisations are currently receiving such support and PRIMORG is one of them.

Shettima, who opined that he was not happy with a situation where corruption has heightened insecurity and many social vices, said desired results would be achieved only when the public assumes ownership of the anti-corruption fight and desists from treating it as the job of government alone.

The Country Director, Accountability Lab Nigeria, Friday Odeh, who also spoke at the programme, noted that there are many Nigerians with integrity who are daily resisting corruption.


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