Integrity Nigeria battles corruption tooth and nail.
Integrity Nigeria, an anti-corruption, research and advocacy organization with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSIWA, will launch a website to track payments or receipts of bribe.
To combat corruption, Integrity Nigeria, had created a campaign titled “Spirit of Egunje.”This campaign, the organisation said, directly seeks to chase out corruption in Nigeria for good.
The organisation said it intends to reduce corruption in Nigeria to the barest; and so on November 20, at the Ladi Kwali Hall, of the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Abuja, by 3.00 p.m., Integrity Nigeria will launch a website which will be used to expose corruption in Nigeria.
The website is a concept which will use an internet platform to receive reports, text messages, and other online sources from citizens, non-state actors, and web users, on corrupt acts by those in the public and private service delivery sectors.
According to Integrity Nigeria, the aim of the platform is to name and shame centres were bribes are sourced for provisions of services. The platform will also praise the centres where service is delivered without demands for bribe.
“The aim is to inform targeted advocacy to incentivize centers that are faithful, strengthen centers that are weak and help citizens resolve their dilemmas,” the organisation said.
The troubles of “Egunje”
Egunje is a Yoruba word for bribe and it has denied many Nigerians their fundamental right to life and basic amenities.
The “Spirit of Egunje” is a cankerworm that has eaten deep into our collective values and culture. Integrity Nigeria said it what it seeks to do with website is to encourage Nigerians to work to stop the affliction of sleaze.
While corruption has become the order in Nigeria, with citizens being forced into paying bribe, there are instances where services were provided efficiently without demands for illegal payment.
The organisation said its advocacy efforts will “provide you the space to just tell your story” of corruption “and make a difference”.
“When you tell your story, you give voice to the issues, raise awareness about the negative impacts of this problem in our society, cause more people to re-examine their beliefs and values so that they can push for change when social consensus is present and they see where the problem is dominant,” the organisation said.