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Mambayya House, Macarthur, Others Establish Four Anti-corruption Networks in 12 Months — Prof Ismail

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

The Aminu Kano center for Democratic studies (Mambayya House) in collaboration with Macarthur foundation says they have established four (4) Anti-corruption Networks and fully supported in the last twelve months (12 Months) in an effort to tackle the scourge of corruption and others evils effect course by the menace in Nigeria.

The Director of the Center Professor Ismail Muhammad Musa disclosed this at the 2nd Bi-annual Press conference of Mambayya House Anti-corruption Project, 2021 — 2024 held at the center in Kano.

The conference which was organized to disseminate success stories and milestones of our 3-Year Anti-Corruption Project entitled “Promoting Accountability and Anti-Corruption through Behavior Change Approaches, 2021-2024, which is funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
This project is being implemented by Mambayya House as a grantee and four sub-grantees including the Interfaith Network Against Corruption (INAC) in Kano; the Interfaith Mediation Centre (IMC) in Kaduna; the Inter-religious Coalition Against Corruption in Nigeria (ICACN) in Lagos; and the University of Nigeria Nsukka Muslim Community (UNNMC) in Enugu.

The project is aimed at mobilizing and educating citizens to actively engage in activities that will strengthen social accountability and improve service delivery in local communities. Therefore, we adopt three strategies skill building, collaboration and gender equality
and social inclusion to feature as pathways to achieve strategic goal
of the project which was crafted by the Foundation as “Reduced
corruption through Nigerian-Led efforts that strengthen accountability, transparency and participation within span of 10 to 15 years.

“The statement read in parts: “In the past 12 months (from July 2021 to June-2022), Mambayya House and its four sub-grantees operating across Northern and Southern regions of Nigeria have carried out a number of funded activities meant to encourage citizen-led approaches with the aim of helping citizens to fight corruption and meet citizen demand for good governance. The activities include: Training Workshop for Interfaith Groups and CBOs on Internal Accountability and Anti-Corruption Programming; Establishment and Running of Anti-corruption Networks, Media Campaign/Dialogues and Awareness Creation Using Interfaith Approach, Budget Tracking and Project Monitoring, Establishment and Continuous Support of Interfaith Anti-Corruption Clubs in Schools, Community People’s Parley Accountability; Representatives, Inter-religious Engagements with Formal and Non-Formal Sectors on Accountability and Transparency, among others.

“Within the period under review, Mambayya House built capacity of
more than 40 organizations across different category of CSOs (Including Women Groups, Youth Groups, CBOS, FBOs, PWDs) to imbibe internal accountability and transparency mechanisms (such as: corporate accounts, regular book keeping, annual reports, financial/Audit reports etc.) in their operations”.

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“Similarly, the number of anti-corruption networks established and supported by the project has been increased from 7 to 11 in last 12 months”. “The CSO-networks were trained and supported as they directly work with 171 local organizations across different communities in Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara states”. “These Networks were able to conduct more-than 30 anti-corruption activities including trainings, townhalls, advocacy and media sensitization reaching out to more-than 50 communities in their respective states”.

“With our support, the North-west Civil
Society Network conducted step down training for 70 csos on effective strategy to fight corruption in their respective States and more than 300 participants including women and youth directly benefited across the zone”.

“On media engagements, we have sponsored different packages of
programs including radio jingles, talk shows and special programs
aired by selected FM radio stations in Kano, Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto
and Zamfara states. Over 38 million members of the public were reached out and benefitted from the awareness created by the media campaign towards enhancing public’s understanding of the evil of corruption on society”.

“It is our believe that anti-corruption campaigns work best when targeting an environment of corruption rather than the wrong doings of individual actors”. “Hence, we continue to interact and interface with different stakeholders such as state and local government representatives, formal and informal sectors, anti-corruption agencies, traditional rulers, religious groups, academia and grassroots through community people’s engagements and advocacy visits”. “Many of these interactions were carried out by our sub-grantees covering Kaduna, Plateau, Enugu, Ebonyi, Rivers and Lagos states”.

“In order to enhance transparency in budgetary and projects implementation processes, as one of the sub-grantees, Interfaith Network against Corruption (INAC), Kano through its supported CSOs is currently conducting budget tracking activities in Benue, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Niger, Platea and Zamfara states”.

“Again, the activities of Kebbi Community Action (KCA) supported by Mambayya House led to formation of “Youth Anti-Corruption Steering Committee”, which was recently inaugurated by the Hon Commissioner of Budget and Economic Planning in Kebbi state”. “The Committee was officially integrated into non- state actors’ thematic areas of the Kebbi State Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative”. “The same organization was instrumental to the by establishment of two functional anti-corruption clubs in Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aleiro and Waziri Umaru
Federal Polytechnic Birnin Kebbi, respectively”.

“Let me put it on record that the Coalition of Association for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED) and Kudan Development Network under the Kaduna State Anti-Corruption Network established by Mambayya House launched a pilot Community -Led Anti-Corruption and Accountability Project (CLAAP) in Kudan and Chikun LGAs of Kaduna State”. “They trained 18 project monitors in the two LGAs”.

“Recently, CALPED, under the
CLAAP initiative supported by Mambayya House, organized a public dialogue and auditors of both state and Local Governments were invited to increase public awareness on the audit process as a means to fighting corruption”.

“With sustained engagements of the CLAAP now there is apparent increase of community stakeholders’ access to audited reports of Local Governments Councils to carry out effective social accountability in the state”. “They also launched another Student-led Anti-Corruption and Accountability Program
(SLAAP) with theme: “A Fundamental Paradigm for Rebranding Mindset of Student Leaders” as a strategy of taking the anti-corruption campaign to our campuses”.

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“Currently, the CCT Intervention manager requested for collaboration with JATA to design a research proposal on the CCT Impact urrently, the CCT Intervention Manager reguested for collaborato Asessment, also design a strateqy for tracking the implementation
of CCT in the state, and why it hinders positive change in the beneficiaries’ lives”. “Similarly, JATA engages Coordinators of the NHGSFP and citizens in tracking the implementation of school feeding program and enrollment rate at basic education level in Jigawa State”. “The sustained advocacy and engagements of the JATA has resulted into new collaborations with Jigawa Radio and Jigawa TV where free airtime was secured to design and broadcast special programs on anti-corruption featuring officials of the JATA courtesy of the support given by Mambayya House under the project”.

“Our school-based programs to produce more young anti-corruptiopn
activists is gaining ascendency because 11 additional students’ interfaith anti-corruption clubs were created by the INAC-Kano in some selected secondary schools plus the existing 21 active ones in
Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Katsina and Niger States totaling 36 clubs”.

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“Similarly, the Zamfara State Anti-corruption Network (ZAN) with our
financial support trained 20 Young Anti-corruption Advocates (YAAs) mostly female students from Albayan Girls Secondary School and Samaru Secondary School in Gusau LGA of Zamfara State”. “The YAAs have been recognized by the school authorities to run school-based
anti-corruption clubs in their respective schools. Also, 30 female classroom teachers in 5 primary schools in Gusau LGAs of Zamfara state and 20 male and female class teachers of the Right Way Concept in Birnin Kebbi LGA of Kebbi state were trained on basic anti-corruption messages suitable for primary school pupils”.

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