An online line platform which allows Nigerians to anonymously blow the whistle on corruption has been launched.
Titled “Report Yourself”, the online platform allows citizens to enter information, mostly about requests for bribes.
The handlers of the site then reach out to the appropriate authorities to report graft on behalf of those that use their site.
It was launched in July by BudgIT – a local NGO in partnership with the United States Consulate and Religious Leaders Against Corruption.
“We are focusing on micro corruption in a some sort of way like drivers license, the issuers of international passport, issuers of marriage certificate. Those are the places that we think citizens interact more with the government. How could we put more sanity to that space where people put what is right? Also with the Nigerian police who has been notorious, which has been notorious over the years and for being a point for corruption so how do we ensure that citizens can report these issues to us and quietly we can will the system for efficiency,” said BudgIT CEO, Oluseun Onigbinde.
It is part of a drive by Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari to root out endemic corruption
Buhari who took office in May 2015, made fighting corruption a key part of his government’s agenda but this is yet to result in high profile convictions.
Nigerians, fatigued by the culture of graft here are hopeful that initiatives like “Report Yourself” can change things but are reluctant celebrate them just yet.