By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
The United States, US Government yesterday launched a Web-based platform that leverages Nigerian citizens’ engagement to fight corruption in Nigeria.
The anti-corruption initiative is funded by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement and was developed by BudgIT.
Speaking at the official launch of the ‘Report Yourself’ initiative, Mr. David Young, Charge ‘D’ Affaires, U.S. Mission to Nigeria, stated that, the platform seeks to address the daily instances of corruption faced by millions of Nigerians.
He urges Nigerians to demonstrate their commitment to the fight against corruption by making use of the innovative online platform.
“The tide will turn against the culture of corruption when Nigerians recognize that they must fight as one to stamp out this scourge that has hampered development and stifled prosperity.
“Report Yourself offers Nigerians the means to instantaneously report corruption, bribery, and graft with the option of filing an official complaint with the Nigerian Police Force Public Complaints Rapid Response Unit, (PCRRU),” he said.
“Through the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, we are working to increase the capacity of Nigerian law enforcement agencies and the justice sector,”
The Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abayomi Shogunle, who spoke on behalf of Commissioner of Police, told Nigerians to make proper use of PCRRU, to assist the police in its fight to realising zero tolerance of corruption.
He noted that the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, is fully committed to the initiative, adding that, “We will increase our dedication to promoting transparency and enhanced the fight against corrupt practices in both the government and co-operate institutions.”