Stakeholders shop for N5b locally to fight corruption
Stakeholders have expressed their resolve to generate N5 billion internally to fight corruption, saying that over-dependence on international partners to fund anti-corruption efforts by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) is not sustainable.
This was disclosed at an interface session on ‘Alternative Funding for Anti-Corruption Efforts in Nigeria’ organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), in collaboration with Integrity Organisation and Transparency International (TI) yesterday in Abuja.
CISLAC executive director, Auwal Musa, noted that the issue of corruption had been profound between CSOs and donor agencies, stressing the need for stakeholders to bring people from the private sector, government agencies and CSOs for a renewed anti-corruption crusade.
Musa, represented by Shina Oke, said mechanism had been put in place to check the kind of funds that would be collected, and trace their sources.
He added that “decline in donor funding makes continuous dependent on it for anti-corruption efforts unsustainable,” stressing that funding dropped since the country was classified as lower middle-income after the re-basing of the economy and funding for sensitive sectors such as health.
“What you see here today is how we can generate funds internally to continue to ensure anti-corruption agencies are strengthened.
“It is not only by giving them money, but trying to bring out the good works. There will be mechanism for accepting any kind of fund. Most importantly, the structure that would be put in place is also going to be a trusted one that can manage the funds,” he said.
Representative of the private sector, Soji Apampa, decried government’s attitude towards the private sector, while United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) representative, Oliver Stolpe, commended the effort of CSOs in the fight against corruption and keeping government on its toes in ensuring that the fight is not lopsided.
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