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Omeed Organisation thwarts corruption in road project

7 Dec 2020 - 08:52
7 Dec 2020 - 08:52

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Omeed Organisation says it has resolved 35 corruption-prone cases in eastern Nangarhar province and stopped corruption in a 4-kilometer road construction project in Khewa district.

In a report sent to Pajhwok Afghan News, the Omeed Organisation said: “In ten Nangarhar districts, people lacked awareness about law and corruption and they are offered low quality public services, corruption related incidents are not investigated and anti-corruption activities go unnoticed.”

As part of its anti-corruption activities, the Omeed organization conducted 47 anti-graft awareness events, organized 59 games and 52 open debates for resolution of local problems in Koz Kunar, Khewa, Behsud districts and 7th, 4th and third municipality districts of Jalalabad City.

It also conducted six training workshops pertaining to administrative corruption and existing problems in the society.

The Organisation on behalf of local officials and elders helped resolve 35 incidents of corruption. The source did not provide details in this regard.

Corruption thwarted in one of anti-corruption scheme:

Waheedullah Mohammadi, an official of the Omeed Organisation, said under their anti-corruption scheme, they formed a volunteer anti-corruption council in Nangharhar’sKhewa district.

Through their anti-corruption awareness scheme and organizing sport events, they were able to bring together a number of disputes and one of them was pertaining to a 4-kilometre road in the district.

A public partnership project of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development regarding construction of the four kilometre road from Qala Tak locality to Shamel and Chahar Qala locality was being planned to be constructed 4 metre wide instead of five meter wide.

Mohammad said: “The issue was shared with the district volunteer council, they shared it with the district officials and then with the Nangarhar public partnership program officials who finally agreed that the road would be constructed in line with their proposal.”

Ajmal, a resident of Khewa district, said when he got information about alleged corruption in the road construction sachem, he informed the Omeed Organisation and they resolved the issue promptly.

“We are thankful to Omeed Organisation for their anti-corruption efforts and resolving our problems,” he said.

UNDP has recently established the Omeed Organisation through its Anti-Corruption, Transparency, Integrity and Openness (ACTION) project -with financial support from the Royal Danish Embassy in Kabul.

On December 9, Anti-Corruption Day is going to be marked internationally. Fighting corruption is a global concern. While corruption impacts every country, evidence shows that it hurts poor people disproportionately.

Corruption hinders efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violation of human rights, distorts markets, erodes quality of life and allows organised crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish. It contributes to instability, poverty and is a dominant factor driving fragile countries towards state failure.

Nh/ma

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