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Corruption Tori: Abuja Resident accuse politicians, Lament Neglect

The Mpape Community, a Suburb of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory was agog on Thursday, as corruption Tori, an anti-corruption television Programme held the Abuja edition of its town hall in the community.

The locals, their leadership and residents accused politicians of neglect even as they alleged that monies earmarked for development get misapropriated while the people suffer neglet.

Speaking at the Town Hall Meeting Held in the community, the Chief Executive Officer of Signature Communications Limited, VinMartin Obiora Ilo, said that the need to bring down the language of corruption to ordinary Nigerian’s  understanding was what gave birth to Corruption Tori programme.

Ilo maintained that the event was to give ordinary Nigerians voice in the fight against the menace of corruption.

Kole Shettima, the Director,  Mac Arthur foundation, Africa, who spoke at the event stated that the problem of corruption was so big in Nigeria and affected the lives of Nigerians every day.

Shettima, while highlighting the areas corruption has negatively impacted ordinary Nigerians, said that their support to corruption tori was to help correct the anomalies.

The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, NIREC, Prof Cornelius Omonokhua, who chaired the occasion, said that the mindset of greed in the heart of some Nigerians was what stirs corruption in the country and that change of attitude and mental repositioning was what was required to eradicate corruption in Nigeria.

Some residents of Mpape Community who shared their experience on the impact of corruption in their daily lives lamented bad governance, lack of good roads, high cost of education, poor access to good medical care among others, calling on the government to intervene.

The Town Hall featured Anti-Corruption Award to some Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in the fight against corruption.

They include Ayuba Bala Yusuf, a Kaduna based Keke rider, who returned One Million naira to a passenger who forgot it in his vehicle, Modesta Ofobike, a restauranteur, who returned Sixty Thousand Naira for gotten by a customer, and Ebenebe Women in Awka North LGA of Anambra State, who rejected Five-Thousand-Naira bribe offered each one of them by political party agents in the just concluded November 6th governorship election and voted their conscience,  among others.

The town Hall Meeting also featured Corruption tori a essay competition for secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory.

Ayabam Ekabosowo Gladys of Regina Pacis International Secondary School, Abuja, took the first position in the competition and was rewarded with fifty Thousand naira  for her school and one Tablet.

Other price winners were Ruth Eje and Michael Salawudeen, both from Junior Secondary School, Mpape, and Alexandra Angel from Newton School Abuja.

The last edition of the Town Hall was organized in Adu Achi, in Oji River Local Government Area of Enugu State. The Town Hall seeks to engage local communities in the fight against corruption, giving ordinary Nigerians a voice in the war against the corruption monster.





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