Date: Tuesday, July 19th || Time: 11 am (WAT)
The Pan-Nigeria citizen based campaign against retail corruption in Nigeria, tagged; Corruption, Not In My Country, an initiative of the Akin Fadeyi Foundation (AFF), has secured partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), under the Project, on Support to Anticorruption in Nigeria, which is fully funded by the European Union.
The overall objective of this initiative is to empower Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria and enhance their capacity, in the provision of services and participation in Anti- corruption crusade.
According to a statement signed by the Founder/Executive Director, Akin Fadeyi Foundation, Mr Akin Fadeyi, the support from the international bodies after a rigorous screening process, is a validation that the campaign not only meets global standards and best practices but also that it is a step in the right direction
“We are extremely proud to announce that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), under the Project on Support to Anticorruption in Nigeria which is fully funded by the European Union; have partnered with our nationwide campaign against retail and petty corruption- Not In My Country.
“This commendable support is coming after a strict short listing processes and other global standard measures. We shall be working in concert with other Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), who also bring on board various advocacy projects, aimed at social reordering for a better society.
Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, NPM, mni has approved partnership with Akin FadeyiFoundation (AFF) on its retail and grassroots Anti-Corruption drive, NOT IN MY COUNTRY. This is in furtherance of the organisation’s European Union (EU) funded Support to Anti-Corruption programme in Nigeria.
In a release from the office of the Inspector-General of Police and signed by his Principal Staff Officer (PSO), ACP Ibrahim A. Bakori, the IG said:
“I write to convey the approval of the Inspector-General of Police on the formal partnership with the Akin FadeyiFoundation on its “Corruption: Not In My Country Project”. The Partnership will be driven by the Foundation’s expertise in Citizen Voice and Action Advocacy and the Inspector-General of Police’s commitment to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s zero tolerance for corruption.
This grassroots anti-corruption advocacy project is a timely and unique tool geared towards creating awareness of corrupt practices and how to prevent them. Using digital media, “Corruption: Not In My Country Project” will empower citizens to demand accountability from the Police, and create awareness amongst the personnel of the Force on the need to shun corruption”.
In his acceptance message, Executive Director, Akin Fadeyi Foundation, Mr. Akin Fadeyi said, “For us at Akin Fadeyi Foundation, this is another milestone in our quest to build an enviable, saner and development-oriented society. This partnership is germane to our unique desire to contribute our quota in building a Nigeria Police endowed with the tenets of transparency, accountability and excellent service delivery consistent with global best practices”. Fadeyi commended the IGP for being pragmatic, vision-driven and irrevocably committed to motivating the rank and file of the police institution especially through his recent approval of the promotion of Inspectors and members of the rank and file of the Police.
Fadeyi further expressed gratitude to International Development Partners particularly the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the Project on Support to Anticorruption in Nigeria which is fully funded by the European Union for partnering with the “NOT IN MY COUNTRY” campaign against retail and grassroots corruption.
Recently, the Foundation held an Anti-Corruption capacity building in Secondary Schools in Abuja, Some of them are Government Girls Secondary School Dutse; Government Day Secondary School, Dutse-Alhaji; Government Secondary School Bwari; Government Day Secondary School Bwari; Government Secondary School, Gwagwalada; Government Secondary School, Kwali; Government Secondary School, Hajj Camp and School For The Gifted, Gwagwalada amongst others.
PRESS RELEASE :
Monday 10th, May 2017
OPEN GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIP NIGERIA PARTNERS AKIN FADEYI FOUNDATION ON ANTI-CORRUPTION
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Nigeria has announced plans to partner with the Akin Fadeyi Foundation (AFF) to further strengthen the Organization’s unrelenting efforts towards raising citizen voice-action for accountable public institutions through its grassroots Pan-Nigeria campaign against retail corruption tagged; CORRUPTION, NOT IN MY COUNTRY.
In a statement released by the National Coordinator of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Nigeria and Special Adviser to the President on Justice Reform, Barrister Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu at the recently launched Partnership for best practices between Akin Fadeyi Foundation and The Nigeria Police, she said:
“We are delighted to announce a partnership with the Akin Fadeyi Foundation on its “Corruption, Not In My Country Project”. This grassroots anti-corruption advocacy project is an important one, particularly at a time like this when the Nigerian Government and its people are collectively declaring war against corruption. We believe that, the “Corruption, Not In My Country Project” will empower citizens to imbibe openness in their business dealings and to demand accountability from Government”.
Barrister Ibekaku-Nwagwu added further that, “Our commitment to being part of the Akin Fadeyi Foundation’s anti-corruption effort is part of our multi-stakeholder approach to creating a socio-economic environment guided by Open Governance principle. We also believe that with the successes recorded so far in the implementation of the Whistle-Blower policy, supported by Nigerians, a citizen-led anti-corruption campaign such as that championed by the Akin Fadeyi Foundation will also succeed. OGP Nigeria will continue to support AFF and other like-minded organizations committed to building a healthy and vibrant socio-economic ecosystem”.
While responding, Executive Director, Akin Fadeyi Foundation, Mr. Akin Fadeyi said, “This is another exciting news for us at Akin Fadeyi Foundation. Working with Open Governance Partnership Nigeria is a huge milestone for us and we will continuously deploy our efforts to continuously promote accountability and transparency in service delivery. Fadeyi expressed gratitude to the leadership of OGP Nigeria for supporting the vision of the Akin Fadeyi Foundation. “We are grateful to the OGP Nigeria Secretariat led by the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, for the trust reposed in us. We will continue to promote retail and grassroots anti-corruption within the country and make citizens accountable.”