TRADITIONAL RULERS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS TASKED ON ANTI CORRUPTION BEHAVIORS

Traditional rulers and religious leaders in the country have been charged to clean themselves from all tendencies of corruption and inculcate anti corruption behaviors in their followers.

TRADITIONAL RULERS, RELIGIOUS LEADERS TASKED ON ANTI CORRUPTION BEHAVIORS

From Muazu Hardawa, Bauchi

Traditional rulers and religious leaders in the country have been charged to clean themselves from all tendencies of corruption and inculcate anti corruption behaviors in their followers.

A lecturer in the department of sociology at the Bauchi state university Malam Jamilu Yaya who was a guest speaker at a one day North East zonal town hall meeting organized by 'Fahimta Women and Youth Development Initiative (FAWOYDI), African Network for Environment And Economic Justice (ANEEJ) with support from Department For International Development (DFID) on anti corruption behavioral approach and role of traditional and religious institutions in anti corruption crusade held in Bauchi on Thursday gave the charge.

According to him, anti corruption behaviors and good moral values should be inculcated in the people right from childhood saying religious and traditional leaders are duty bound to preach those values.

He suggested that some of the strategies to checkmate corrupt practices in the society include social campaigns, punishment on corrupt persons and community familiarization with government activities. 

Earlier, the Executive Director of FAWOYDI, Hajiya Maryam Garba explained that the event was organized in view of the high level of corruption in the nation and how it retards its development.

She said that in December 2017, the SWISS government repatriated stolen funds from Nigeria during Abacha regime to the tune of 322.5 million dollars, following some period of negotiation between the Nigeria and the SWISS government in which a memorandum of understanding for the return of the loot was signed.

According to her, the federal government announced that the 322.5m dollars will be used to support the poor through the Cash Transfer Programme in which the government pay beneficiaries of the programme N5,000 monthly.

"As part of the implementation of the project, African Network for Environmental and Economic Justice, ANEEJ worked with six partners and about 544 monitors, supervisors and deputies across 11 states to monitor the Cash transfer programme in December 2018"

"We are set to conduct the second round of monitoring and that is why we are conducting this Town-Hall meeting so that more stakeholders will be informed appropriately.7,742 beneficiaries will be monitored as follows, Adamawa 1,622, Bauchi 2,762, Gombe 1,692 and Taraba 1,662 and 149 monitors have been  engaged.They will be trained starting from 20-21st of the month of October"  She said