Corruption continues to be a major challenge in Nigeria, and, as the practice continues, some are brought to the public domain while some go unreported. The state is making efforts to empower the anti-graft agencies to work effectively in addressing the abysmal practice, however, for effective and sustainable results, anti-corruption fight requires initiatives that are encompassing with the citizens driving the process.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) government led by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, having recognized the perilous effect of corruption focuses on anti-corruption fight as its cardinal agenda.
The use of mobile devices and new media (social media) is changing communication and increasingly becoming a dominant platform for accessing information. This has expanded citizens participation in the anti-graft fight with citizen journalism at the Centre. The use of technology such as mobile phones, computers, smart TVs has created a platform for citizens to report corrupt practices happening in their communities directly to the anti-graft agencies.
The #VoicesAgainstCorruption project supported by Trust Africa and CLEEN Foundation provides an inter-agency platform that utilizes new media and ICT technology to fight corruption by reporting corrupt practices to the anti-graft agencies using their mobile phone and other technology devices. The platform comprises the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nigeria Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps and the citizens.
To support the ICPC in the fight against corruption, CLEEN foundation on the 12th day of June, 2018 visited the commission office at Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria and donated Android smart TV and desktop computer.
At the donation ceremony, Mr. Gabriel Akinremi, Senior Information Technology Officer, CLEEN Foundation enlightened the commission, on how to use the smart TV to track and record corrupt practices. The platform seeks to build a strong synergy among citizens, anti-corruption agencies and the civil society groups in the anti-corruption fight he noted.
Benson Olugbuo, PhD, CLEEN Executive Director, led CLEEN team to the visit while other members of the team in attendance were Peter Maduoma, Ruth Olofin, Gabriel Akinremi, Liberty Oseni and Anderlyn Ezeh.
Musa Usman Abubakar, PhD, Ag. Chairman ICPC, Hakeem Lawal, Head of Investigation Department, Rasheedat Okoduwa, Head of Public Enlightenment, Mr. Bako, Head of Administration, Mr. Hasihru, Commissioner in charge of Education and other members of the ICPC management team were the ICPC team that received CLEEN.
Anderlyn Ezeh, CLEEN Foundation