The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, in its continuation of shifting the paradigm in the fight against corruption from the hitherto elitist approach to the grassroots approach where the fight could be effectively owned, held its Good Governance, Accountability and Transparency Education (C-GATE) with the service sector yesterday by holding a Capacity Building workshop with members of the Nigerian Police.
In a statement issued by CACOL and signed by Adegboyega Otunuga, the anti-corruption organization’s Coordinator, Media and Publications on behalf of its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, he stated, “In continuation of our resolve at deepening the fight against corruption in the country by engaging the service sector, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, CACOL, held a Capacity Building workshop with senior members and the rank and file of the Nigerian Police at Area F, Ikeja, yesterday where issues of corruption and how it affects the Police were extensively thrashed out.
“The anti-corruption organization’s Coordinator for Research and Documentation, Mr. Okechukwu Ndiribe, gave an introductory speech where he traced the advent of CACOL over 12 years ago and how it changed its name from Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) to Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) to avail itself of greater latitude in dealing with corruption and openness in governance which is a broader perspective on corruption itself.
He described how corruption has singularly robbed the nation of almost all its glory and potentials and why the current efforts become imperative towards turning the mood of despondency and grief to apocalypse and rediscovery.
He also harped on why the methodology has to shift from mere sloganeering to concrete action for the real victims to breathe a sigh of relief and combat the social scourge frontally, if the country could ever be worth its salt amongst comity of nations again.
“In furtherance, the National Coordinator of CACOL’s Good Governance, Accountability and Transparency Education (C-GATE), and the Executive Chairman of CACOL, Mr. Debo Adeniran, gave his opening remarks on why the fight had to be catapulted from the elitist approach, most of whom he opined are the direct beneficiaries of corruption in the country to the grassroots and in similar vein, to the service sector as veritable conduits of massifying/spreading corruption within the polity by the virtue of the regulatory service they perform. He noted that this type of workshop was earlier held on December 17, 2019, with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Lagos and now is the turn of the Police, whereby he has carefully and deliberately started the advocacy with them from area F due to the positive reputation of their command unit. He later spoke on the topic of the workshop, “Introduction to Dynamics of Corruption and Call to Action” by giving different types of corruption and their meanings, i.e, Kleptomania corruption, sadistic corruption, Incidental corruption, Social Corruption, Official corruption, Real and Pseudo corruption and many others and how they could inhibit progress of a nation when they remain unchecked. He thereafter asked them to eschew corruption and lead by example due to the privileged role they play within the society as the policing arm of leadership.
The Area F commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Olusoji Adebayo, in his own remarks, noted how the force members are putting on uniforms that happen to be the most powerful tools in the fight against corruption and charged them to live to that expectation.
He enjoined them to always stand for truth and justice even if that alienates them from their colleagues and relations. He asked them to be good change agents by doing what endears them to their creator. He decried a situation where the force is seen in bad light by majority of the public because of the untoward attitudes of some of their colleagues and warned against the arising of situation of revolt by the civil populace due to possible recalcitrant attitudes that harm the society.
“Consequently, a set of questionnaire was distributed for the different groups to deal with in understanding the scope and width of corruption within the force and how best to tackle it.”
The CACOL tsar added, “By engaging the Police and other service organizations, we as an anti-corruption organization, are expanding the signposts of the anti-corruption war to the ‘front-door’ troops in sanitizing the polity. Since the Police force and other service forces are so critical to prevention, detection and prosecution of corruption crimes, it is pertinent they are well equipped in the entire fight against the scourge by boosting their capacity and effect a reorientation of their mindset towards eschewing corruption in all its ramifications.”