The Resource Centre for Human Rights & Civic Education (CHRICED) has launched a three-year project tagged “Promotion of Community-Driven Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Kano State” with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
The goal of the project is to ensure there is a drastic reduction in corruption with respect to the delivery of key social services, particularly constituency projects in Kano.
The inaugural press briefing took place at Aminu Kano Centre for Research and Democratic Studies (Mambayya House), Tuesday.
Speaking to Newsmen, CHRICED Executive Director, Comrade Dr. Ibrahim M. Zikirullahi said the project aims to galvanize community actors to make informed, consistent and effective accountability demands through the mapping and tracking of constituency projects.
“It will also mobilize communities and other civic agencies to advocate for robust implementation of key accountability processes, including co-creation frameworks enshrined in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and other anti-corruption processes in the extant laws, and administrative processes in Kano State,” he added.
According to Comrade Zikirullah, government at the federal and state levels budgets huge sums of public resources for the purpose of executing constituency projects in various communities which are people-oriented initiatives to address developmental needs. However, since the advent of constituency projects, not much has been achieved, despite the huge funds committed to the process across the country.
He said the project will help address the accountability deficits in the constituency projects delivery process, and strengthen accountability for improved service delivery.
“Another important aspect is, it will inspire communities to take advantage of anti-corruption tools available in laws, and international commitments such as the OGP,” he said.
He explained that the project will intimate communities about their roles and responsibilities in terms of undertaking self-led advocacies to push for robust implementation of key accountable process through the co-creation framework of the OGP.
Kano state government signed onto the OGP in 2018 to deepen institutional reforms, fight corruption, grant citizens access to information, justice, improve service delivery and enable them effectively participate in governance.
Comrade Zikirullah further explained that the project is a veritable opportunity for Kano state government to collaborate with the goal of creating platforms for effective engagement with citizens in the spirit of co-creation.
He said CHRICED is ready to work to support anti-corruption agencies, particularly the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to ensure the fight against corruption is rooted in the grass roots, where citizens bear the brunt of the effects of corruption.
He revealed that the project is also designed to ensure there are critical roles for other stakeholders and the media.
The media will play a role of producing and stepping-down investigative reports about local issues and constituency projects in communities to allow people at the grass root have access for the purpose of creating awareness around governance issues, he said.
To begin to address the problem of the collapse of education, healthcare, basic social services and insecurity such as kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery, one useful strategy is to start from the grass root.
The event had civil society organizations, representatives of anti-corruption agencies, Women groups, People Living with Disabilities, students and the media in attendance.
CHRICED is a Nigerian non-profit, and knowledge driven platform of active citizens working for the promotion of human rights, rule of law, democracy and accountability.
It uses action civics, research, advocacy and outreach to mobilize vulnerable and marginalized segments of the populace, including the youth, women and people living with disabilities (PWDs), to engage the governance process, protect their rights and be responsible citizens.