CDD Engages Media on High Level Strategies, Anti-Corruption

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By: Kate Obi/Kaduna

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has engaged more than 25 journalists across the Federation on a High Level Strategic Session and Policy Round-table on the Role of Media in Anti-Corruption Campaign: Journey So Far training workshop that will provide an atmosphere for frank reflection and analysis of the anti-corruption issues in Nigeria with a view to arrive at a board and comprehensive position on the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

The Director of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), Ms. Idayat Hassan in her welcome address emphasized that since the issue of corruption remains persistent in Nigeria, putting in place adequate and effective anti-corruption response mechanism with a view towards tackling the menace remains looming.

Speaking at the CDD 2nd Edition of High Level Strategic Session and Policy Round-table on the Role of Media in Anti-Corruption Campaign: Journey So Far training workshop held at Chelsea Hotel, Abuja on Thursday, 13th of December, 2-018 said these different dimension corruption have characterized Nigeria’s landscape and by implication, made it to be consistently rated among the most corrupt countries in the world by Transparency International (TI).

Ms. Idayat Hassan pointed out that taking pragmatic measures to curb corruption is of vital important for Nigeria’s future given its implications on security, political, social and economic prospect of the country and poverty.

Others, she said, include,  insurgency, militancy, infrastructural decay and all forms of social vices which are peculiar to the country are results of culture of corruption that are deep-rooted into the social fabrics of the society.

The CDD Director said the “high level workshop will provide an atmosphere for frank reflection and analysis of the anti-corruption issues in Nigeria with a view to arrive at a board and comprehensive position on the fight against corruption in Nigeria from media, CSO’s and government perspectives.

“In addition, it is expected the discussion will focus on mapping areas of strategy for synergy building for robust engagement of media and anti-corruption reporting, successes, challenges and opportunities in the fight against corruption.

“The CDD works focus on strengthen Democracy governance and has worked in the West African States. The Centre remains focused on capacity building work, policy advocacy and as a research reference point on democratic governance, human security, people-centered development and human rights.

“Therefore the purpose of today’s meeting is to bring together media practitioners including bloggers to interact and review their approach on anti-graft reporting within the context of the renewed commitment of the government to fighting corruption.

“The session will facilitate experienced sharing, learning lessons and how collaboration with other critical stakeholders on the campaign will be strengthened” She ended.

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