Corruption costs the state and citizens millions every year in lost funds for economic and social development. While new institutions have been set up to root out corruption and cases.
Although the Federal Government controls and funds all security and public safety agencies in Nigeria as empowered by the law, states and local governments have the ability to fund and equip security and public safety agencies themselves... Read More
Citizens rarely report petty crime to the police no matter how simple the process. Cases such as phone theft, lost wallets and so on, go unreported because the people do not expect that they will be recovered and they want to avoid the hassle... Read More
Police stations are required by order to display a functioning mobile number at every station. However, sometimes, locating the nearest police station or getting their contact number is difficult... Read More
There are different agencies dealing with different aspects of law enforcement or providing support for victims of crime in Nigeria. Unfortunately, the public is often unable to differentiate their roles or know how to go about contacting them.
Nigeria has a robust Freedom of Information Act however it takes substantial resources to send an FOI request to a government Ministry, Department and Agency. It also takes considerable resources on the part of the government to prepare and send out a response. In some cases, several requests are made on same issue, requiring them to respond to each one of them
In October 2013, Sierra Leone passed the Access to Information Act. It takes some resources to send an FOI request to a government Ministry, Department and Agency. It also takes considerable resources on the part of the government to prepare and send out a response. In some cases, several requests are made on same issue, requiring them to respond to each one of them.
A vibrant, active, accountable and effective civil society sector is essential for a functioning democracy. Sometimes civil society can be viewed as fragmented, hostile and unable to work together to solve perennial problems in Sierra Leone. In the absence of credible organizations or as an effort to subvert civil society some government institutions may create civil society organizations that might subvert the integrity of the sector.
Although Sierra Leone scored a 34 out of 100 on the Budget Transparency Index one key failing is low citizen understanding of the budget and low citizen engagement in holding political leaders accountable. Sierra Leone citizens need to have a core understanding of the national budget with a better simplified approach using infographics & interactive applications.
Government’s are judged by the quality of the services they provide to citizens. Citizens are beginning to demand higher quality healthcare, education, public safety services and in return government is seeking to improve these services through a range of interventions. Some services are funded through tax revenue while some agencies charge fees. The payment of fees is one area, which is ripe for corrupt practices.