The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption was set up by the Federal Government in twenty fifteen to strengthen the anti corruption war of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Although Federal Government appears to be winning the war against corruption the impact is yet to be felt at the State and Local Government levels.
With monthly allocations now getting directly to the third tier of Government, there is need for citizens to beam searchlights on the activities of the authorities to ensure accountability. Perhaps, this is why the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption has called for citizens’ participation in the fight against graft to help tackle the scourge.
The Executive Secretary of the Committee, Professor Sadiq Radda made the call during a Public Education and Citizen Enlightenment Forum organized by the committee in collaboration with National Orientation Agency in Owerri.
Professor Radda identified corruption as a major set back to the nation’s quest for greatness.
He said winning the war required the collaborative effort of every Nigerian.
The Director, National Orientation Agency in Imo State, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha stressed the need for value re-orientation, noting that emphasis on materialism contributed immensely to the increase in corruption especially among public office holders.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the State, Chief Felix Ebiliekwe said the State had introduced Treasury Single Account as part of measures to check corruption and ensure transparency in the system.
A lecturer from Gregory University Uturu In Abia State, Professor Greene Eleagu noted that corruption was a global phenomenon which calls for value-re-awakening and strengthening of Government institutions involved in the fight against graft.
There were presentations from representatives of Security agencies, religious organisations, Civil society groups and the media.