Behavioral change core necessity to fight corruption -WAMAC
A nongovernmental organization (NGO) Wadata Media and Advocacy Centre (WAMAC) with the support of MacArthur Foundation has identified behavior change as a core necessity to fight corruption in the country.
This was contained in a communique issued after an organised Town Hall Meeting to amplify the fight against Corruption.
The meeting with a theme: “ACCOUNTABILITY IN GOVERNANCE: A PANACEA FOR CITIZENS MISTRUST” held in Jimeta-Yola, Adamawa State, drew participants from the Media, Civil Society Organizations, People with Disabilities (PWDs), among others.
The communique signed by the Executive Director/Project Manager, Wadata Media and Advocacy Centre, Zubair Abdurrauf Idris had identified behavior change as a core necessity to fight corruption, by calling on individuals to look inwards at their attitudes in their everyday life that may encourage corruption.
The communique also highlights the disconnect between the governance and governed as a source of mistrust and lack of accountability.
According to the communique, while participants call for active participation of stakeholders in governance particularly CSOs, CBOs, NGOs, youth groups, women, physically challenged forums as well as professionals and unions, it also advocates for effective communication using reliable media channels between government and the citizens.
“Citizens should shun all self-gratifying attitudes which has always prevent citizens from having the high moral rights to call out corrupt practices. The town hall called on citizens to adopt core values of respect, dignity of labor, and honesty in their daily lives, ” stated the communique.
At the end, the Town Hall Meeting commends individuals and organizations fighting corruption and calls for an intensification of efforts to curtail the menace.