By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Acting Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practice Commission (ICPC) has called for involvement of the Community Development Associations (CDAs) in a struggle against fighting corruption and other social vices in Nigeria.
Barrister Abdulahi Bako, Acting Chairman of ICPC represented by Mr Sulaiman Jimoh, Chief Superintendent Head of National Anti-Corruption coalition ICPC, Abuja, stated this during One Day Public Engagement, “On the roles of communities development Association( CDA) in fighting corruption at the grassroots level”, held on Monday in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Abdulahi explained that the fight against corruption cannot be won without the active involvement of community leaders whose words of wisdom are but the gospel truth amongst members of their communities and indeed the active participation of the general public individually and collectively.
In the past years communality has been a strength of African People from time Immemorial. Through communal efforts, association are formed with the view to promote the spirit of solidarity among the people but speedily develop the society and be each other gate keepers.
Abdulahi, also said the commission believes that positive vigilance and a robust prevention regime are important pathway to a success and cost efficient of anti corruption crusade.
“ICPC place a high premium on preventing corruption through systems review and the establishment of anti corruption and Transparency Monitoring Units (ACTC) in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.”
He also charged the community leadership of the association to intervene and settle quarrels before they get out of hand and in the same manner, they advised parents and guardians on their children and wards.
According to Mr Adewale Peters, chartered Accountants talk on advocacy strategy for building community support and ways to strengthen community systems on Anti corruption. He said victims of corrupt practices are often able to adhere,respond and provide support in any anti corruption programme.
Adewale also said,community development committee (CDCs) and Village Development Committee (VDCs) are being integral to community system and structure can be established and empowered to supervise community anti corruption activities.
According to the coordinator organization of peoples voice and member national anti corruption coalition, Mr Idris Abu, said the major reason the commission is involving the coalition is to build a strategic network and consensus and direction for a potent fight against corruption in Nigeria.
“Nigerias must come together to overcome the corruption problem of greed and avarice.”