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NGO wants all Nigerians involved in fighting corruption

Nigerians have been advised to join the fight against corruption and not to leave it for the presidency alone, since the individuals are closer to the perpetrator of corruption.
This advice was given in Owerri by an NGO, Self Help Development Facilitators (SEDFA) in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, while briefing journalists on their activities in fighting corruption.
Briefing the press at the NUJ Press Centre penultimate Wednesday, one of the facilitators Mr. French Edosonwan, disclosed that the organization makes use of Civil Society Organizations (CSCOs) selected from local government areas who are trained for the anti-corruption war tagged Ask the people”, initiative, to carry out their mission. He noted that as a result of active monitoring of some project sites in Imo State, some contractors were returning to site to complete the abandoned projects.
He further stated that the group monitored projects in selected 14 LGAS in Imo State to know if they were not started, ongoing, completed or abandoned and submitted their reports with pictures as they were trained to speak up against corruption using the right skills, tactics and channels they had acquired.
He pointed out that some of their challenges are that Nigerians seem to have accepted corruption as a way of life and remained docile and apathetic to the fight against corruption.
The facilitator also lamented the method in sharing of dividends of democracy which makes people afraid of victimization if they voiced out on poor project implementation.
He said that corruption in Nigeria can never be successfully mitigated unless the citizens become actively involved in insisting upon the accountable deployment of financial appropriations through budget monitoring; hence he urged the press and the citizens to take part in the war against corruption.
The Imo State Chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalist (NUJ) Sir Innocent Igwe assured the group of cooperation of the Imo journalist.

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