US, Others Engage More Nigerians In Fight Against Corruption

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US, others engage more Nigerians in fight against corruption

The United Nations Mission in Nigeria,
BudgIT, a civic organisation, and the Religious Leaders
Anti-Corruption Committee(RLAC), on Wednesday inaugurated a “Report
Yourself’’ platform for fighting corruption in Nigeria.

The U. S. Charge d’ Affairs in Nigeria, Mr David Young, said at the
inauguration in Lagos that the platform was meant to make Nigerians join in
the ongoing fight against corruption in the country.

“Report Yourself will offer more Nigerians, the means to
instantaneously report corruption, bribery and graft, with the option
of filing an official compliant with the Nigerian Police Public
Complaints Response Unit.

“We hope that Report Yourself starts a new movement in citizens’
engagement, and that every Nigerian that is being affected by
corruption would be empowered to share their experiences.

“The tide will turn against the culture of corruption, when more
Nigerians recognise that they must fight as one to stamp out this
scourge that has hampered Nigeria’s development and stifled her
prosperity,’’ he said.

The Head of the Nigerian Police Public Complaints Response Unit, ACP
Abayomi Shogunle, said that the Inspector General of Police had
expressed readiness to support the corruption-reporting initiative.

Shogunle said that the Nigerian Police had already provided Nigerians
the platform through which they should from time to time, report any
form of corrupt practices to the Police Public Complaints Unit.
“We want Nigerians to use any of our provided platforms, to report any
case of corruption to the police at all times.

“Let me say that the Inspector General of Police is really in support
of this Report Yourself initiative,’’ he said.

Shogunle also enjoined the public to always promptly report corrupt
and erring police officers to the Unit for investigation and
appropriate sanctions.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police also appealed to the media to
sensitise Nigerians on the opportunities now at their disposal,
for reporting corrupt Nigerians to the security agencies.

BudgIT Senior Manager of Projects, Mr Stanley Achonu, said that the
initiative was to make more Nigerians to volunteer themselves in
supporting the Government’s ongoing effort at fighting corruption.

Achonu advised Nigerians to freely access the www.reportyourself.org
platform to report any form of corruption in government and private
organisations and communities.

“Report Yourself’’ is a Web platform developed by BudgIT to offer
Nigerians an opportunity to report instances of everyday bribery and
graft, as well as for the celebration of Nigerians that shun corrupt
practices. (NAN)

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