The Women Advocate Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) has engaged 50 women, including farmers and traders, in an intensive training on anti-corruption aimed at strengthening their voices towards identifying patterns of corruption and how to address it at their level.
Speaking at a consultative meeting with market women and women farmers on ways to expose corrupt practices in their business environments in Kaduna, Programme Officer, WARDC, Bukola Oshidibo, said market and farming environments breed corruption that are oftentimes neglected and seen as mind corruption.
According to her, “We are one of the organizations working with ActionAid on a project to Strengthen Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption (SCRAP-C) from the aspect of behavioural change from individuals because that is one aspect that has not really being explored.
One of the participants and president, Market Women Association, Kaduna State, Hajiya Hadiza Abdulfatai Yusufa, commended the organisers of the training and called on members to summon courage and fight corruption in their spaces.
Another participant who is a maize, rice and poultry farmer, Salomi Obiora, called on government to put in place a market control board to monitor the prices of fertilizer and proliferation of companies producing herbicides, pesticides and seedlings, adding that “fertilizer has become unreachable for farmers and the chemicals being produced now are harmful for human consumption.”