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  • Updated: April 20, 2024

Town hall meeting advocates whistleblower incentives to fight corruption

 Town hall meeting advocates whistleblower incentives to fig

Attendees at a Town Hall meeting on Saturday advocated the establishment of incentives for whistleblowers to bolster the ongoing fight against corruption within the country.

The participants made the call in a communique issued at the end of the Town Hall meeting organized by Wadata Media and Advocacy Centre (WAMAC) with the support of MacArthur Foundation, held at Seven Thirty Restaurant, Kano.

According to the participants, the initiative would encourage whistleblowers to volunteer information to anti-corruption agencies to facilitate the fight against corruption.

In the communique which was signed by the Executive Director of WAMAC, Zubair Abdurra'uf Idris, the participants acknowledged the efforts of the anti-corruption agencies towards the fight against corruption.

They criticized the perceptions and attitudes of the Political Class and a segment of the public regarding efforts to address corruption in the country.

They frowned at the attitudes of breach of trust, money laundering and economic sabotage by segments of the society to the detriment of the larger society resulting in corruption on a large scale in public institutions.

"Through concerted efforts by all, we would be able to combat the cancerous menace of corruption and create a just society," the gathering said.

It then called for concerted efforts to combat corruption through media engagement including drama sketches and advocacy.

While acknowledging cultural norms and values as factors shaping corruption, the Town Hall advocated accountability in governance and urged the citizens to shun all aspects of corruption and stealing public funds and report incidences of corruption appropriately.

The meeting is themed: "Harnessing Collective Action Against Corruption: Strengthening Public Perception And Attitudes."

The participants were drawn from the Media, Civil Society Organizations, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), ICPC, People With Disabilities (PWDs), Community-Based Organizations, Religious Leaders and Faith-Based Organizations and the National Orientation Agency (NOA), among other stakeholders.

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