Cleen Foundation, an NGO, and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Kaduna State, have inaugurated a resource centre to host soft and hard copies of judgments on corruption cases in the state to facilitate their access by legal practitioners.
Dr Benson Olugbuo, the Executive Director of the organization, who disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja, on Friday that Kaduna branch of the NBA was selected to serve as a partner to host the centre in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, another NGO.
He said that the initiative was part of the organization’s ongoing project on promoting accountability and transparency in the Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJA) in Nigeria.
Olugbuo said the goals of the project hinged on reducing corruption, promoting judicial transparency in the processing of anti-corruption cases and enhancing accountability in the criminal justice system of the country.
He explained that the project principally sought to monitor cases of corruption in relation to the ACJA 2015 through a web-based platform called `Uwazi’ which is functional, accessible and within the reach of the public.
The centre is expected to serve as a repository of court rulings both on corruption and financial crimes related cases in the state, he further said.
Olugbuo added: “For more impact-based monitoring and reporting of the administration of criminal justice system across the focal states, it is expected that the NBA will periodically give updates on the resource centre and its successes. He appreciated the NBA in the state for hosting the centre and all its efforts from the concept stage to the point of implementation.