Stakeholders canvass setting up of special tribunals in corruption fight

Stakeholders at a one-day Town Hall meeting in Kogi have called for the establishment of special tribunals or special courts, try corruption cases using special investigators as stipulated in the Police Act of 2020.

was one of the resolutions of the one-day town hall meeting under the theme:  “Community participation in the fight against corruption in Nigeria using local languages”, on Saturday, in Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the town hall meeting was organised by Wadata Media and Advocacy Centre (WAMAC) with support from the MacArthur Foundation.

Zubair Abdurra’uf Idris, Project Manager and Team Lead of Wadata Media and Advocacy Centre read out the resolutions at the end of the meeting.

He said that the participants also called on institutions in the fight against corruption empower citizens demand from political office holders.

The town hall meeting, according him, also recognised the role of traditional institutions in the fight against corruption through courage and honesty, uphold the sanctity of honesty and in the society.

The meeting also urged communities re-orientate their members, reinvigorate local traditional content and instil discipline in homes reduce moral corruption, adding that they should ask relevant questions in contracts, projects, budgets and quality of infrastructure.

Idris also said that the meeting called for the removal of obstacles that hinder the exploitation and development of natural resources, reduce corruption in the extractive industry.

He called on communities and participants at the town hall meeting grow beyond the meeting and be advocates of the fight against corruption, by giving the people at the grassroots the right participate in elections that bring about change for a better society.

In his opening address, the team lead said the town hall meeting aimed get local communities to participate and contribute to the fight against corruption which remained a major challenge to the nation’s development.

“Wadata communications, with support from MacArthur Foundation, have been producing and airing weekly programmes as part of campaign in 12 radio stations across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria.

is basically to encourage citizens to own the fight against graft by demanding for in their communities”, he said. (NAN)