All is now set for the media presentation of a report titled: “No escape for the corrupt: Lifting The Lid on Asset Declarations In Nigeria” by Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), scheduled to hold on Saturday, 29th August, 2020 via Zoom at 10am.
SERAP is a non-profit, nonpartisan, legal and advocacy organization devoted to promoting transparency, accountability and respect for socio-economic rights in Nigeria. SERAP received the Wole Soyinka Anti-Corruption Defender Award in 2014. It was also nominated for the UN Civil Society Award and Ford Foundation’s Jubilee Transparency Award. SERAP serves as one of two Sub-Saharan African civil society representatives on the governing Committee of the UNCAC Coalition, a global anti-corruption network of over 380 civil society organizations (CSOs) in over 100 countries.
The virtual event, which will feature presentation of the report to the media and interaction on the theme: “No escape for the corrupt: Lifting the lid on asset declarations in Nigeria”, is organized in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA). It aims at bringing together media stakeholders including civil society organizations, the media, ministries, agencies and departments (MDAs) and anti-corruption agencies.
The report aims to provide a sound framework for citizens and civil society to engage governments and institutions to ensure transparency and accountability in asset declarations by public officers, and to promote this initiative as an important element of the fight against grand corruption in the country. It will also serve as a tool to encourage the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), public officials and governments at all levels federal, state and local governments to promote and ensure transparency and accountability in asset declarations of public officers in Nigeria.
SERAP aims to use the report as an advocacy tool to engage and mobilize the citizens and civil society to ensure transparency and accountability in the asset declarations regime and to reduce corruption and impunity of perpetrators. A copy of the report is attached for your information.
The report is based on our experiences, and findings from our engagement with government institutions, citizens, civil society organizations, and the media who are at the forefront of promoting transparency and accountability in asset declarations in Nigeria.