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SERAP to Nigerians: ‘Play major roles in the fight against corruption’

• Says water is life, as participants advocates stand against bad governance

By Francis IWUCHUKWU

Nigerians have been called upon to consider playing a major role in the fight against corruption in the country.

Speaking during an interactive session on promoting collective action against corruption and management in the water and health sectors, which was held on December 1, 2021, in Ikeja, Lagos, the Deputy Director, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, Kolawole Oluwadare insisted that water is life and that both water and health cannot be separated.

According to Oluwadare, “The effect of corruption is being felt by all Nigerians and the need to confront the same cannot be overemphasized.”

While the interactive session lasted, participants on their part charged Nigerians to intensify the grassroots campaign, as well as create more awareness to stand against bad governance.

They also noted that fear and greed must be eliminated among the youths so that they don’t end up aiding corrupt leaders in the country.

The participants which included leaders of notable Civil Society Organizations, CSO, and students from various institutions also identified some challenges that are affecting the water and health sector in the country.

During the forum, corruption, impact of climate change and migration of professionals in the health sectors are said to be part of the reasons the Nigerian health and water sector are not thriving as it ought to be, despite how blessed the country is.

In preferring solutions to the barrage of challenges confronting the two sectors, the participants said that the health sector should be empowered to avoid international migration on the part of the professionals and all citizens should be well involved in massive advocacy, invest more and mobilize citizens.

Part of the action points during the forum is that citizens’ engagement must be encouraged in budget planning, while the youths are also encouraged to have a changed orientation and work against bad governance.

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