The Resource Center for Human Rights and Civil Education (CHRICED) has called for community-driven anti-corruption initiatives in Kano state.
The Senior Program Officer, CHRICHED, Omoniyi Adewoye made the call at a one-day stakeholder’s consultative meeting on Fostering Transparency and Accountability in Constituency Project Services Delivery in Kano, organized by the Center.
In his keynote address, Adewoye said that the project seeks to reduce corruption through the agency of community participation in the process of planning and implementation of constituency projects.
“The emphasis today is on community participation. We need to start tackling the issue right from the community level, by educating and empowering people in local communities to make accountability demands and be able to track their own projects. Because they are in the best position to really ascertain whether these projects are carried out or not.” Adewoye disclosed.
He emphasized that people should start engaging the politicians on substance base engagement and how to address real governance issues, especially in the upcoming general elections.
“This meeting also sets the agenda for the upcoming election. When you look at the political landscape, there is no substance; all we hear are empty promises.
“Community members should sit with their representatives and tell them what they need. If possible signed and stamped for evidence, whether they implement these constituency projects or not they will later come to campaign again, the evidence should be presented to them to score themselves,” he added.
Prof. Habu Muhammad Fagge, the Director of Aminu Kano Center for Democratic Studies (Mumbayya House), while speaking on constituency projects and community participation, explained that the media and stakeholders have a vital role to play in engaging community members in the fight against corruption, especially as the 2023 general election approaches in Nigeria.
“Even though poverty has made many people too vulnerable, they surrender to the wings of politicians; the need to educate cannot be over-emphasized.
“We need to conduct a step-down workshop in each local government to come up with strategies to arrive at tracking.”
Dr. Fagge advised that in the forthcoming election, people should evaluate candidates based on integrity, and values before voting for them. And also, people should utilize their votes nicely and wisely.
He lauded the Independent National Electronic Commission (INEC) for introducing the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, (BVAS) which will reduce election rigging.
In attendance were stakeholders from ICPC, EFCC, media, a representative from the emirate council, a representative of Ibrahim Shekarau, Sule Yau Sule, Dr. Hafsat Yahaya Yakasai, Department of Public Administration, Bayero University, Kano among others.