The legislator for Ukanafun State constituency in Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Hon. (Dr) Charity Ido, (Mrs) has sued for a concerted efforts across all sectors in the fight against corruption and other related anti-developmental vices in the State.
Hon. Ido made the clarion call during a-two day stakeholders Dialogue on Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of corruption SCRAP -C organised by Actionaid in collaboration with Policy Alert and other civil Society organisations in the nation, held at Wat Bridge hotels and suites, Uyo.
In her goodwill message, the Ukanafun lawmaker who is also House Committee Chairman on Public Account at the town hall meeting that brought together leaders and members from Civil Society organisations, Security Operatives, Religious Leaders, Traditional Institutions, Legal Practitioners, the Legislature, youths representatives, the Media among other relevant stakeholders, posited that corruption is the epidermis plaguing the fabrics of our democracy, creating room for avoidable consequences on the masses.
Speaking within the scope; corruption and human development outcomes, which was the theme of the dialogue, Dr. Ido observed that corruption is not only the clog on the wheels of a State’s or nation’s progression has the unforeseen extended its brunt on unsuspected members of the public.
While admonishing on according the religious institution due respect, she condemned in strong terms the recent unnecessary attacks on religious leaders and called on the participants to preach the message of eradicating corruption as agitated by SCRAP-C as well as referencing the body of Christ (the church) as sacred institution.
Mrs. Ido further said that persons vested with the responsibilities of delivering social programmes and services for others could only position themselves in an appreciable standing when they chose gaining public trust, and confidence of the people above personal gains that lead to corrupt practices.
She called on the participants to take advantage of the two day programme and better off themselves while she commended the organisers of the dialogue for a well taught out approach towards reducing corruption to the barest minimum in the society.
Similarly, in his goodwill message, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Comr. Amos Etuk while commending various organisers of the dialogue posited that in the fight against corruption, effort and advocacy should go beyond projections but matching words with action in the fight against corruption in our State, and Nation.
Comr. Etuk rhetorically questioned the future of Nigeria with the current spate of corruption that has eaten deeply into the fabrics of our democracy, and observed that agencies of government created to fight corruption has failed Nigerians and the aim of their existence forfeited.
He remained optimistic that the fight against Corruption in the Nigerian system can be won, all hands being on deck with bold steps taken to curb the menace of corruption for achievement of a better Nigeria where love, peace, justice and progress are abound.
Identifying the media in particular as strong partners in nation’s building , the Chairman called on Journalists in Akwa Ibom State to partner with relevant stakeholders in the state in the collective fight against corruption.
The two day stakeholders Dialogue meet which had as its objectives; Transparency, participation, Accountability and Integrity also received goodwill messages from the Traditional Institution, Religious Body, Youth, the Academics and lots of other relevant stakeholders.
The SCRAP-C dialogue programme also had Barr. Inibehe Effiong, Human Right Lawyer as the lead presenter who unravelled the adverse effect of corruption in the nation’s building in his keynote address.
The two-day exercise featured panel discussions from different stakeholders and projections made towards eradication of corruption in our nation, Nigeria.