As part of activities of the Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) project, WANGONeT organized training for stakeholders of the project on the use of the ACID portal (www.antigraft.org). In attendance at the training session were representatives from Civil Society (about 60 CSO’s across the Country) and representatives of Government Graft Agencies (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) & Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC)); the latter attended as observers.
During the course of the training, participants were taught how to create Corruption Reports, Public Project monitoring reports, Budget Monitoring reports, creating blogs and news items and using other features available on the site. This session was followed by a hands-on session where CSO members were able to logon to the portal and create their own items.
The Public Private Development Centre (PPDC) were also on ground to provide training on the process of monitoring compliance with Public Procurement according to law using a checklist of events with the participants.
The Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) project aims at creating an informative and educative platform for reporting and archiving corrupt practices data, complete with modern features for multi-dimensional public advocacy and civic engagement in the war against corruption. The portal, www.antigraft.org, is a multi-functional web repository for all corruption related issues in Nigeria. It is built to be a comprehensive database of corruption related information and issues in Nigeria, providing news on corruption related issues, statistics, an archive of relevant documents, information on the projects and initiatives of the groups and organizations working in anti-corruption. It brings to the public space a structured presentation of the work being done by CSOs and media agencies, publicizing their projects, activities and events. It also provides technology tools to facilitate the work of the civil society organizations and media agencies. There are other tools which enable citizens engage and participate in anti-corruption campaigns. The Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) portal therefore is a powerful platform for civic engagement and public advocacy in anti-corruption. The ACID project is funded by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
The event held on the 16th of May, 2013 at Peninsula Hotels and Towers Lekki, Lagos Nigeria.
As part of the activities in developing the Nigerian Governance project, WANGONeT is holding an expert framing session from the 23rd – 25th January 2013. The meeting brings together experts from the fields of Technology, Media, Government Policy, the Judiciary and Research in a bid to assess the various components of the project and to provide advice as to how best the project should be implemented to achieve required results.
The Nigerian Governance project (NGP) is a project by WANGONeT and it is funded by the MacArthur Foundation and it expresses WANGONeT’s transiting focus from Elections to good Governance. The project which aims at facilitating good governance, leverages on evolving technological offerings and WANGONeT’s network of Civil society and Government agencies across the Country.
The program can be watched live on the WANGONeT website.
The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Lamorde, has emphasised the need for appropriate deployment of cutting edge technology in the fight against corruption and economic crime.
Lamorde, who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Dr. Jimmy Imo, made the observation during a visit by a delegation from the West African NGO Network (WANGONeT) to the headquarters of the commission in Abuja.
While commending WANGONeT for engaging and guiding young people to embrace the fight against corruption through the use of modern technology, the EFCC chairman stated that “the battle against corruption has become so sophisticated with the advent of modern technology such that the Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) initiated by WANGONeT will be very useful in fighting corruption and financial crimes.”
He expressed the commission’s willingness to forge a closer relationship and collaboration with WANGONeT.