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Leaders of the Civil Society Alliance for Transparency and Development (CSATD)

Corruption: Group calls for responsible reportage on public finance

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By Dorcas Jonah

Civil Society Alliance for Transparency and Development (CSATD), a Civil Society Organisation, has stressed the need to promote transparency and responsible reportage of matters relating to public finance.

The National Coordinator of CSATD, Mr Basah Mohammed, made the call at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.

According to Mohammed, it is important to avoid media trials that can obscure the truth and hinder the public understanding of the actual circumstances.

“We are calling for measures that promote transparency and responsible reporting in matters of public finance.

“This initiative will guide the media in their reporting and ensure accuracy and informed public discourse.

“We emphasise on the importance of a fair and thorough investigation, free from undue influence.

“If it happens that Betta Edu is absolved of any deliberate wrong doing, we urge President Bola Tinubu not to hesitate in reinstating the suspended minister,” he said.

Mohammed, who commended President Bola Tinubu for taking swift action to suspend the minister, said there was a need for a thorough investigation.

He said that the President`s swift action in suspending the minister reflects his commitment to accountability and probity.

The coordinator of CSATD said that those saddled with the investigation, must not at any point compromise in order to get to the root of the matter.

It would be recalled that Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation was suspended by President Tinubu following allegation of N585 million fraud. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Joseph Edeh

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