“From Tobore’s example, nothing will change until somebody wakes up and chooses to act.”
Government investigations into the human-trafficking cartel exposed by Premium Times journalist, Tobore Mit Ovuorie, have begun. On whether the investigations would yield an outcome as “epic” as the exposé itself is another thing altogether, but one thing is sure- a young, relatively unknown, woman has made an impact. From Tobore’s report, a vice that allows human trafficking thrive is corruption.
Corruption is increasingly our unique national identity. A foreign expatriate once said of corruption in Nigeria: “…Corruption in Nigeria has infested almost every aspect of life, work and society. I can’t think of a single area where I didn’t encounter a scam of some sort.” This utterance was even before Nigeria’s public sector corruption perception index rating by TI (Transparency International) dropped from a score of 27/100 in 2012 to 25/100 in 2013 – (0 being most corrupt and 100 being least corrupt). Will 2014 or 2015 be any different?
That answer is totally up to you! Yes, YOU!
From Tobore’s example, nothing will change until somebody wakes up and chooses to act. Imagine if Tobore kept quiet; if she chose to let it go, refusing to tell her story or mention names. After all she had encountered, nobody would blame her. Still she chose to expose the rot; and today, many lives which would have been preyed upon by traffickers and their benefactors have potentially been saved and hopefully, the perpetrators will be exposed. Until somebody chooses to act against the status quo of apathy and fear, bribery and corruption will morbidly rape this country of her every honour before our very eyes. Nothing will change till someone believes that now is time to wake up and expose the corrupt in our society.
To this end Integrity Organization has developed a platform that allows people to report cases of bribes and extortion, anonymously. The platform is www.egunje.info. For those who are willing to take up public integrity issues in their different localities, Integrity Organization will support them via one of its Public Integrity Networks initiative. For more information on becoming a member of Public Integrity Networks or a Public Integrity Advocate visit the site and register: www.egunje.info/joinus.php.
If Tobore can make a difference, you can. Don’t keep silent; report that bribe on www.egunje.info and expose those who corrupt our society and tarnish our image.
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