The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has identified the support of the Media as critical success factor in Nigeria’s anti-corruption campaign.
Addressing the closing ceremony of a special meeting for Journalists working closely with anti –corruption agencies in Lagos, the Country Director, Ms Christina Albertin underlined the need for the media to embrace evidence-based reporting of anti-corruption practice in Nigeria.
She described the media as an indispensable tool required to ensure public disclosure, dissemination, monitoring and engagement of state and non-state actors on corruption related issues.
According to Ms Albertin, corruption has disastrous impacts on development, which if left unchecked, would have serious impediments to attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development throughout the world.
“It also breaches the essential trust between citizens and governments, as well as businesses and consumers. Therefore, it is important that everyone in the community including media officers take up a responsibility to prevent and fight corruption,” the UNODC official explained.
The Country Representative identified regular consultation with the media by her Mission as key to sustaining strategies, exchange of information, ideas and manpower development in building strong advocacy against corruption.
“ it is our hope that anti-corruption agencies and the media community continue with this collaborative partnership beyond the Support to Anti-Corruption in Nigeria which our Mission is funding, this is to ensure that tangible impact through public enlightenment on anti- corruption is achieved across the country” she added.
NEITI was among the 33 participants drawn from Federal government anti –corruption and leading media establishment that attended the workshop which is also co-funded by the European Union.
The Support to Anti-Corruption agencies under the funding of UNODC and European Union have over the last five years been responsible for extensive radio programmes, capacity building for the media and support for the civil society in the areas of public enlightenment, public education and information sharing in support of on-going anti-corruption campaign in Nigeria.