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Community parley identifies key areas of intervention in corruption fighting in Kaduna

…Links corruption to insecurity.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Participants in “Community People’s Parley on Promoting Accountability and Anti-Corruption through Behavioral Change Approaches,” held in Kaduna, have identified key areas of intervention and pledged to raise anti-corruption champions to fight the menace through behavioral change.

The key areas of intervention itemized include schools, religion and traditional institutions, as well as military establishments, among other places, within the communities in Kaduna State where the parley held at weekend.

The participants, who include youths and religious leaders drawn from four local government areas within the State metropolis, made the disclosures, while presenting group works on ways to promote accountability during the parley held in Lasham Continental Hotel Barnawa, Kaduna.

Organized by Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC), Kaduna, and supported by MacArthur Foundation, the participants in parley, including a councilor also identified links between crimes, criminalities and the current security challenges facing Nigeria, especially the banditry and terrorism.

In an interview at the end of the parley, the Co-Executive Director of IMC and Co-Director of M-Project on fighting corruption, Rev. Dr. James M. Wuye, explained that the essence of bringing the people together with media practitioners was to inculcate in them and others, the need to use behavioral change to change people’s behavior against corruption and education.

He said, this could also be made possible through parenting, teaching and advocacy as already promised by some participants as outcome of the parley, also reiterating that bringing all facets of human beings, including women leaders and the physically-challenged, was a strategy towards fighting corruption.

The participants cut across personalities, including a councilor, two religious leaders, two youths, two women, two community leaders and media practitioners, respectively.

Earlier in his introductory remarks, an organizer, Samson Auta, and other participants explained during the scriptural reflections that both Christianity and Islam condemns corruption and any act of stealing, as the later prescribed cutting of hands and legs of thieves when caught stealing more than two times.

The participants listed challenges of corruption, among other things, including injustice, lack of fairness, unfaithfulness, lack of trust, honesty and insincerity.

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