By Dipo Olowookere
‘Not In My Country’, the Pan-Nigeria campaign against retail corruption and 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 Organizations (CSOs) in Nigeria, enhancing their capacity in the provision of services and participation in anti-corruption crusade.
According to a statement signed by the Founder/Executive Director of AFF, Mr Akin Fadeyi, “We are extremely proud to announce that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the 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 shortlisting processes and other global standard measures. We shall be working in concert with other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) who also bring on board various advocacy projects aimed at social reordering for a better society.
At the Foundation, “Our projects are driven by enterprising, cerebral and young patriotic Nigerians who are selflessly committed to impacting their environment to shun retail and petty corruption, I believe this support will further accelerate our collective quest to meet the global most valued agenda in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“It will reawaken us as a nation, specifically against ingenious acts of citizen-corruption, poverty and environmental unfriendly acts.”
“We have such ambition to influence our social space which has suffered social corrosion and a depletion of societal core values with debilitating effects on our collective psyche, Mr Fadeyi said.
“Our quick areas of interest are to strengthen capacity by partnering with some institutions including law enforcement Agencies to combat petty corruption. We shall also work with select Nigerian schools and explore opportunities for instilling the right values and raising Anti-Corruption Ambassadors from that vulnerable sector of the society,” he noted.
Since the beginning of the year, Akin Fadeyi Foundation has creatively deployed one minute dramatic infomercial parodies to campaign against corruption in Nigeria through a citizen led initiative. This has been with the inclusion of top-rate thespians in Nigeria.
‘Not In My Country’ tells the story of the corrupt on the one part, and the campaigner against corruption on the other part – both from the same populace of a nation blessed with culturally adept and value-driven people but beleaguered by the social dysfunction of endemic corruption.
Other CSOs that are benefitting from the anti-corruption grants funded by the European Union, and in partnership with UNODC and UNDP are Youth Progressive Association in Taraba, African Network for Environment & Economic Justice, Justice Development and Peace Commission, Alliance for Credible Elections, African Centre for Rural Development & Environment, Self-Help Development Facilitators, Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria, Integrity Organization, and The New Generation Girls and Women Development Initiative.
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