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By Guardian Nigeria
16 November 2022   |   3:42 am
Stakeholders at the 28th session of the Nigerian Economic Summit (NESG 22) have said unless opportunities and practices driving corruption are tightly monitored, the menace will remain endemic in the country.

Stakeholders at the 28th session of the Nigerian Economic Summit (NESG 22) have said unless opportunities and practices driving corruption are tightly monitored, the menace will remain endemic in the country.

They spoke at a breakout session panel discussion on “Harnessing Behavioural Insights to Counter Corruption” organised by Policy Innovation Centre (PIC), an initiative of the NESG, yesterday, in Abuja.

Seeking innovative and multifaceted solutions to the problem, the concerned Nigerians resolved to adopt behavioural science in ensuring transparency and accountability in both private and public sectors of the economy.

Board member, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), Olubukola Balogun, stressed the need to move from criminal justice approach to harnessing behavioural change in tackling graft.

She said messages must be coined and channelled in a way that changes people’s mindset towards corruption and related practices.

Speaking on importance of the session in garnering efforts towards quashing corruption, Deputy Director, PIC, Dr. Osasuyi Dirisu, harped on enlightening public and private stakeholders on various ways of deploying behavioural science to check corrupt practices.

She said the three-year PIC programme funded by MacArthur Foundation to use behavioural science to improve accountability and transparency in Nigeria was key to tackling corruption.

Country Director of DAI, Dr. Joe Abah, said stressed the need to constantly tighten the system and apply brutal sanctions to discourage shady activities.

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