By Innocent Anaba
Lagos—A civil society group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, yesterday, called on Nigerians to support the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC in fighting corruption in the country.
Executive Director of SERAP, Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, made the call at the launching of a book titled,” Citizens Guide to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission.”
The 140-page report was produced by SERAP in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, OSIWA, a non-governmental organisation.
Mumuni said that despite some marginal improvements in the fight against corruption in Nigeria, high level official corruption remains widespread.
“Although some attention is now being drawn to local government level corruption, most known cases of corruption remain at the federal and state levels. Several allegations of corruption among local government officials are not adequately reported; and actions are rarely taken to redress the problem or to achieve accountability,” he said.
According to him, the ICPC was inaugurated in 2000 by the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to help combat the scourge of corruption plaguing the nation.
“However, within the period of more than a decade that the ICPC has been in operation, its institutional structures are not widely known by the generality of the Nigerian citizenry.’’