UNDP Honours MRA for ‘Immense Contribution’ to its Anti-corruption Project in Nigeria

Mr. Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda
Mr. Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director,
Media Rights Agenda

The Nigeria country office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has awarded Media Rights Agenda (MRA) a certificate for its immense contributions to the EU-funded project on Support to Anticorruption in Nigeria, 10th European Development Fund (EDF).

MRA received the award of recognition during the “Final CSOs Meeting” under the project held in Lagos at Southern Sun Hotel, Ikoyi on July 24 and 25, 2017.

According to the certificate signed by Samuel Bwalya, Country Director, and Kehinde Bolaji, Team Leader, Governance and Peace-building Unit, both of the UNDP Country Office in Nigeria, the “Award of recognition [was] to certify that Media Rights Agenda contributed immensely to the Project on Support to Anticorruption in Nigeria, fully funded by the European Union (EU) which was implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)”.

MRA’s Executive Director, Edetaen Ojo who received the Award on behalf of the organisation expressed gratitude to the EU and its implementing partners for recognising MRA’s role in the project and in the anticorruption efforts in the country. He said “MRA is honoured to be part of the concerted efforts towards liberating Nigeria from the shackles of corruption.

“The UNDP, UNODC and the EU also deserve commendation for supporting the involvement and coordination of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in order to ensure effectiveness in the fight against corruption in Nigeria” he added.

MRA is a member of the CSOs Advisory Committee for the EU-funded Project and has been a core part of the campaigns towards strengthening Anticorruption Agencies (ACAs), coordinating civil society and carrying out advocacy activities under the project.

It would also be recalled that under the project MRA, in partnership with the UNDP, recently organised a two-day Training of Trainers’ (ToT) on Open Government Partnership (OGP) in Abuja where about 40 participants from diverse CSOs in different parts of Nigeria were sensitize about the OGP, how it operates and their role in the effective implementation of Nigeria’s OGP National Action Plan (NAP.)