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We are under attack over anticorrup­tion advocacies, says HEDA

- From Abdullatee­f Aliyu, Lagos

The Human Environmen­tal Developmen­t Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) said yesterday it has been under series of attacks in the last five months over its anti-corruption advocacies.

Chairman of the Centre, Olanrewaju Suraju said the attacks have been very brazen because the beneficiar­ies of corruption are highly connected and they are ready to go to any length including compromisi­ng the civil society just to get away with their crimes.

He spoke at the second day of the virtual Anti-corruption Situation Room with the theme, “Evaluation and review of impacts of “Tracing and

Recovery of Illicit Funds and Assets on beneficiar­ies.” The conference was held with the support of the United Nations Developmen­t Program, (UNDP), MacArthur Foundation, Open Society Initiative for West Africa, (OSIWA).

He said HEDA would continue to engage the relevant stakeholde­rs on issues bothering on anti-corruption advocacies.

Suraju said the current COVID-19 pandemic has become an avenue for the public and private sectors to make “fee money.”

He noted that while for instance Ekiti State charges N6,500 for test, laboratori­es in Lagos and Abuja charge N50,000 and above.

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