He urged the campus reporters not to fear school authorities in the habit of threatening them with suspension when they publish graft in their campuses, adding that “as long as what you publish is the truth, SERAP as an organisation will fight for you in the court of law. Truth is the only defence against defamation.”
The executive director noted that Nigeria still ranked 144 in corruption out of 180 countries and 27 out of 100, based on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index of 2018.
While citing a national survey report of 2,549 respondents across the geopolitical zones, Mumuni said corruption was driven by entrenched social norms.
“The undermining thrust of the report is that factors impeding the efficacy of laws, policies and institutions in the fight against corruption are to not found in the laws. The factors are found in the larger societal matrix of norms and institutions, which form a key part of the corruption ecosystem in the country.
“The environment, thus constituted, is either conducive to, or largely tolerant of corruption. The report, therefore, suggests that for current anti-corruption interventions and efforts to be successful, they must engage broadly with the environment by instigating social change,” Mumuni said.
The Deputy Director, Premium Times Centre for Investigate Journalism (PTCIJ), Oluwatosin Alagbe, who spoke on “The Importance of Journalism in the Fight against Corruption,” named grand, political and petty corruption as the three types of corruption.
At the workshop, SERAP released a 68-page document titled, “Nigeria: Anti-corruption Social Norms Report” which x-rays corruption perception in the country.
Participants at the event formed a social platform for sharing experience and other issues on corruption.