SERAP engages campus journalists in anti-corruption war

NEWS DIGEST – As a part of eradicating corruption in the country, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged campus journalists to always expose corrupt activities in their various schools and immediate environments.

SERAP gave the charge at a symposium themed, “Corruption, Media Rights Violation and the Role of Student Journalists in Nigeria,” in Lagos State.

The seminar was organized for student-journalists in conjunction with the National Union of Campus Journalists (NUCJ).

In his remarks, Director of SERAP, Adetokunbo Mumuni, said, “This is part of the numbers of events we have held to keep strengthening transparency, accountability as well as economic justice.”

Mumuni listed the core strategies used as tools in the fight against corruption to include litigation, advocacy and publication.

According to him, “we use any of these strategies depending on the context of the perceived situation”.

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.

On petty corruption, which she claimed to be the most common type of corruption in our society, Alagbe said, “petty corruption is the daily misuse of power by low and mid-level public officials in their daily interaction with common citizens.

“This kind of corruption thrives in all sectors such as education, political, security, economic and social sectors.”

She added, “As upcoming journalists who have chosen this adventurous path, you must report the important issues going on in your schools as well as your communities.

Alagbe, challenged the student-writers to report corrupt practices such as examination malpractices, falsification of certificates and transcripts, hostel allocation racketeering and sexual harrasment by lecturers.

“Campus Journalism in whatsoever form remains a powerful tool for attitudinal change. I therefore, urge you to use this tool to entrench good social norms in your respective communities, so that we can have a Nigeria we would be proud of,” she said.