Corruption remains the greatest obstacle to Nigeria’s development and if not confronted by all Nigerians, will destroy the country.
This is the position of anti-corruption stakeholders in the rural areas of Enugu State, who converged in Adu Achi, Oji River Local Government Area, at the Corruption Tori Town Hall on corruption on Wednesday.
The Corruption Tori Townhall which was organized by Signature TV with support from MacArthur Foundation had in attendance Traditional Rulers, town union leaders, market women, farmers, artisans, cattle sellers, road transport workers and other rural dwellers.
Achi is a rural community in Enugu State and is over 500 kilometres from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria. Most of the people in the community are farmers and artisans.
The town hall was part of Signature Communications mandate to amplify the anti corruption efforts and communicate the message to the grassroots using local Nigerian languages.
The event kicked off with a courtesy call by the Corruption Tori Team on the Traditional Ruler of Adu Achi community, Igwe Sunday Orah, supported by other Traditional Rulers, where the leader of the team VinMartin Obiora Ilo explained the objective of the Corruption Tori Townhall to the Royal Fathers and called for their support.
While welcoming the team, Igwe Orah who said this was the first time any organisation was coming to educate people at the grassroots on the damage corruption was doing to Nigeria,
praised Corruption Tori and MacArthur Foundation for the innitiative.
At Adu Achi Town hall where the event took place, Ilo threw more light on the reason for the meeting
Participants at the event shared their experiences about corruption and proffered solutions
Also speaking at the event proper the host traditional ruler and his colleagues condemned the prevalence of corruption in the society and urged the people to join the fight.
They said translating the anti-corruption messages to local Nigerian languages will go a long way in the enlightenment of the rural populace.
The high point of the event was the recognition of Four Traditional Rulers and the leader of the Hausa Community as Corruption Tori Anti-Corruption Ambassadors.
Those that attended the event where presented gift with anti corruption messages.
The Townhall also featured cultural performance and dances.