Food security: CISLAC requests that the FG address ecological fund corruption

Apr 29, 2024 | International | 0 comments

CISLAC/TI-Nigeria Presses Government to Combat Corruption in Ecological Fund Management to Alleviate Food Crisis

In a bid to address the pressing food crisis in Nigeria, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre/Transparency International (CISLAC/TI-Nigeria) is urging the federal government to prioritize combating corruption within the management of ecological funds.

Mallam Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, the Executive Director of CISLAC/TI-Nigeria, emphasized this call during a two-day Stakeholder Consultative Forum and the launch of the “Report on Assessing the Implementation of the Great Green Wall (GGW).” The report aims to evaluate Nigeria’s progress in implementing the GGWI and the utilization of climate funds designated for this initiative.

Rafsanjani also stressed the urgency of the government’s decisive action on security challenges, particularly the persistent conflicts between farmers and herders.

Expressing concern over the alarming rate of misappropriation and mismanagement of ecological funds, Rafsanjani highlighted their critical importance in safeguarding the environment and communities.

“We believe it is crucial for ecological funds to be utilized transparently in our country. Numerous instances of alleged looting and diversion of ecological funds have occurred, underscoring the need for government intervention to prevent the exploitation of resources meant for the well-being of the people and the environment,” stated Rafsanjani.

He reiterated CISLAC’s commitment as the national chapter of Transparency International (TI) to bolster the success of the Great Green World Initiative (GGWI) by advocating for transparency, accountability, integrity, participation, and anti-corruption measures.

The researcher who presented the report, Dr. Ibrahim Muhammad Shamshudeen, revealed that the project took two months to complete.

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