HumAngle on Saturday, May 7, hosted a roundtable with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from Borno and Yobe States to promote transparency in security-related and humanitarian funding in North East Nigeria.
The roundtable, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, falls within HumAngle’s core niche of reporting on conflict, humanitarian and development issues in the region.
During the meeting, which was held in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, participants shared their knowledge on the role of citizen participation in reducing corruption and enhancing accountability. They also shared their experiences with issues related to insecurity and how the lack of accountability and inaction of state actors, especially during emergencies, continues to contribute to worsening insecurity.
Ahmad Salkida, editor/CEO of HumAngle, who convened the meeting, stressed the importance of collaboration between the media and civil society to help investigate the protracted conflict in the region and the funding needed to try to curb its branches.
Professor Abubakar Muazu from the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Maiduguri also moderated a session on the “Role of Citizen Participation in Reducing Corruption in Funding Security and Humanitarian Aid in conflict areas”.
His presentation dwelt at length on how security funding is shrouded in secrecy, which he says fuels the economy of war.
“Nothing guarantees corruption like secrecy,” he said.
He underscored the need to create a solid structure and template to document the disbursement and budgeting of funds to strengthen the security architecture in the country.
He insisted that for society to achieve meaningful development, citizens must care about how budget funds are used.
Discussions also strongly emphasized the need for more in-depth investigations into cases of sexual abuse encountered in IDP camps, as well as the increasing cases of missing or unaccompanied children.
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