Integrity organization, with the support of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) on the 20th of November launched www.egunje .info to track “the spirit of Egunje” in Nigeria. In the build up to the event which held at the Ladi kwali hall of the Sheraton Hotels and towers Abuja, Integrity organization organized a competition themed “the Spirit of Egunje” with schools and the general online public competing in various categories such as poetry, story and the most active person on twitter with the hashtag #Egunjeinfo winning prizes.
At the end of the competition, in the schools category, International community school Abuja came 1st with the winning entry, while Regina Pacis (Read the story) and Loyala Jesuits College (read the story) came 1st and 2nd runners-up respectively. In the poetry category Ololade olatunji came tops (Read his poem) to clinch the first prize of a Blackberry playbook while Oluwagbenga Osowe (read his poem) and Bamidele Adenye (read his poem) came 1st and 2nd runners-up taking away a 500gb hard drive and wireless keyboard and mouse respectively.
In the story category Aimiosior Gregory (read his story) clinched the 1st prize which was a blackberry play book. Okpako Genesis (read his story) and Oladele Raymond Okikiola (Read his story) came 1st and 2nd runners-up receiving 500gb hard drives and wireless keyboard and mouse respectively. Osowe Oluwagbenga once again was the most active person on twitter with the handle of @gbengaosowe, he went away with a Blackberry playbook while Adebiyi Juwon Paul with twitter handle @saintjumol and Timothy kentebe with twitter handle @naijaboyblog finished as 1st and 2nd runners-up and went away with 500 GB hard drive and 320 GB hard drive respectively.
www.egunje.info: with the unveiling of the site, the site hopes to beam the search light on the sectors of our nation where Egunje (bribe) is being exchanged the most. The site gives power to non-state actors to be able to report corruption through text messages and weblinks from where ever they are in the country.
How to use the www.egunje.info
There are three categories of reports that can be made on the site namely; “I paid Egunje”, “I didn’t pay Egunje” and “I didn’t have to pay Egunje”. The “I paid Egunje “relates to a situation where you had no choice than to part with your money in form of a bribe for a particular service you desired. “I didn’t pay egunje” helps to report a situation where you were asked for a bribe and you refused to pay or a you are still in a state where you haven’t made up your mind whether to pay or not to pay the bribe. While the last category, “I didn’t have to pay Egunje” helps to report a situation, where your desired service was delivered without anyone asking you to pay an “extra fee” for the service that you required.
The purpose of the site is to name and shame the sectors of the nation that has corruption entrenched within it, and name and praise the sectors that are carrying out their duties with truth and transparency. So therefore have you been asked for a bribe? Visit www.egunje.info and just tell your story.