SERAP partners firm in fight against corruption
Lagos based rights group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) is partnering with Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, in the fight against corruption in health and water sectors as well as to improve access to public service delivery and good governance, especially the vulnerable and marginalized sectors of the population such as the poor, women and children. Omidyar Network harnesses the power of markets to create opportunity for people to improve their lives.
The organisation stated that the project aims to promote transparency and accountability in states’ and local governments’ spending of allocations from the federal government in critical sectors such as water and health through citizens’ empowerment; legal advice and support; education, advocacy and strategic and public interest litigation on reports of corruption by citizens, civil society organizations (CSOs) and others in these sectors.
SERAP in a statement yesterday by its deputy director, Timothy Adewale said the main objective of the project is to reduce corruption and other inappropriate practices in sectors like health and water. The group stated further that lack of appropriate follow-up and enforcement actions in corruption cases reported by citizens, CSOs and others is an integral part of the overall corruption problem.
SERAP said, “Citizens are free to call toll-free hotline 0800-CALLSERAP (0800-2255-73727) to report corruption in their states and local governments.” According to the organisation, while citizens and CSOs do report cases of corruption, such reports are insufficient, and where reports are made they are rarely followed up in terms of enforcement actions.
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