ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) has canvassed the support of Kaduna State Government for its new programme ‘Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAPCY)’, designed to ginger the citizens to rise up against corrupt practices in the country.
The civil society organisation’s Country Director, Ene Obi, solicited the support on Thursday when she led a delegation on a courtesy visit to Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Mr. Barnabas Bantex, in Kaduna.
She said that the project was aimed at enlightening youths on the effect of corruption on livelihood.
Obi, who was represented by the organisation’s Director of Finance, Mr. Oluwole Elegbede, expressed the organisation’s belief in the fact that “as the enlightenment campaign on corruption progresses, people will appreciate the essence of accountability among public and political officers”.
She told the deputy Governor that AAN had its programmes running currently in six states for a duration of four years.
The Country Director explained: “We are working in Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Akwa Ibom, Enugu and Borno States; the selection was made based on the prevalence of corruption and also the strategic positioning of the states.
“For instance, Kaduna is central and strategic to the North, so we can’t do program in the zone without considering it and likewise other states.
“The project would be extended to other states soon, we are partnering with donor agencies, so we have to pilot some states first but once we are through, other states would be considered based on assessments”, she added.
Earlier in his remarks, the deputy governor assured the organisation of the government’s readiness to partner it as a strategic and desirable step towards ensuring that corruption is reduced to the barest minimum in the country.
Bantex told the AAN team there were new laws in the local government system aimed at providing safety for every citizen, especially when their rights are being infringed upon.