NGO holds Town Hall Meeting to tackle corruption

The Centre for Law Enforcement Education in Nigeria CLEEN foundation on Wednesday held a Town Hall Meeting in Lagos to discuss ways to tackle corruption in public administration. The Town Hall meeting with the theme “ Fostering Citizens Support for the war against corruption in Nigeria” dealt on the topic, Preventing corruption in public Administration: Citizen engagement for improved transparency and accountability had participation agencies like the Economic and Financial Crime Commission EFCC,National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, and the Nigeria Bar Association NBA delivering lectures on how to tackle corruption in public administration.

Henry Ofurune the Senior Program Officer CLEEN Foundation said the Town Hall meeting is aimed at getting all Nigerians including people in the grassroots involved in the fight against corruption in the country.

The NBA Chairman Ikeja branch Bar.Adeshina Ogunlana urged the federal government to provide food for Nigerians as a first step to tackling corruption in the country.

Bar. Ogunlana also urged the All Progressive Congress led administration to engage in massive reorientation of Nigerians as well as creating more courts in the country to handle rising litigations in the country. In proffering solution, Bar. Ogunlana said “there is the need to revamp the economy by all legitimate means possible. Hunger and poverty must be reduced significantly.

The reevaluation of the philosophy,strategy,focus and vision of Anti- corruption war. Overhauling of the legal order and creation of more courts as well as severe weeding of lawyers and judges.Mass ethical reorientation of citizens and the de-glamorisation and profitability of political office.

The NDLEA spokesperson Mr. Mitchell Ofoyeju who spoke on the “Nexus between drug trafficking and corruption in Nigeria” stated that ways of countering drug trafficking and corruption involves promoting the rule of law and institutional capabilities to fight against organised crime and corruption. Strict law enforcement,enhancing democratic and fair criminal justice systems.

Prosecution of corruption by collaborating with different countries. Compliance and implementation of international Convention against transnational organised crime and corruption through action-orientated research,a free press and independent judiciary.