As part of efforts to promote transparency and accountability in governance and service delivery through BUILDING PUBLIC OWNERSHIP FOR TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNANCE AND SERVICE DELIVERY, Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) and its partners National Orientation Agency (NOA), Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR), PremiumTimes Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ), African Centre for Information and Media Literacy (AFRICMIL) and Yar’adua Foundation, with the support of MacArthur Foundation will launch ANTI–CORRUPTION SITUATION ROOM (ACSR).
The government of President Muhammadu Buhari during his campaign for office made the fight against corruption a cardinal leg of his tripod campaign agenda. Since assumption of office over two years ago, the government has recorded remarkable achievements, than other agendas of the government, in the fight against corruption. As effective, commendable and unprecedented as the achievements are, there are several factors militating against their recognition and appreciation by the citizens. One and chief among these factors is the absence of a platform for stakeholders engagement on achievements, challenges, promotion and ownership of the fight.
The Anti-Corruption Situation Room is a situational analysis platform for high level engagements and reviews between anti-corruption stakeholders. The initiative seeks to create a platform for government representatives in the criminal justice and anti-corruption enforcement to engage with Non-Governmental Organisations, Media, Labour Movement, Youth and citizens on anti-corruption and administration of criminal justice policies and programmes of the government.
According to Mr. Olanrewaju Suraju, Chairman of HEDA Resource Centre, the ACSR platform at the Federal level and later at selected states level will meet, share thoughts, concerns, challenges and jointly seek ways of forging collaborative efforts towards the objectives of fighting corruption through public ownership of the process. In his words “the central thrust is to build synergies between anticorruption CSOs, the labor movement and law enforcement agencies, the Parliament and Judiciary as a means of improving and broadening the anti-corruption agenda as well as creating an accountability loop and feedback mechanism between anti-corruption agencies, the civil society organizations and the citizens”.
The Minster of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, his to deliver Keynote Address and officially launch the Situation Room. Also expected are Leadership of the National Assembly, Judiciary, Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies, Media representatives and CSOs. The public presentation will be Chaired By Professor Abdullahi Shehu, renowned former Director General of West African inter-Governmental Agency against Money Laundering. The event public presentation scheduled for Tuesday December 19 will hold at Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja.