QUETTA (October 19, 2023) – The Anti-Corruption Establishment Balochistan (ACEB) and the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) jointly hosted a seminar discussing the pivotal role of youth in strengthening accountability and governance in Balochistan.
This collaborative event forms part of a comprehensive capacity-building project supported by the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and executed by the Accountability Lab.
Youth role pivotal for accountability
During the seminar, Mr. Khalid Ahmed Gola, Deputy Director of ACEB, enlightened students about the structure and mission of ACEB. He underscored the significance of educating the youth about their role in enhancing governance and accountability within the province.
Additionally, he introduced students to complaint mechanisms, including the automated complaint management system and WhatsApp numbers for reporting instances of corruption and maladministration by government officials or departments.
Importance of accountability and transparency discussed
Addressing the pressing economic and governance challenges, Mr. Nisar Ahmed, Regional Director of NUML Quetta, stressed the importance of raising awareness among the general public about the repercussions of corruption and the existing mechanisms for fostering transparency and accountability. He emphasized the need to educate the public about reporting corruption, maladministration, and the misuse of authority, thereby supporting anti-corruption endeavors to combat corruption and enhance public service delivery in Balochistan.
Asif Farooqi spotlighted role of civil society
Asif Farooqi, Deputy Director Programs of Accountability, spotlighted the essential role of civil society in governance improvement, advocating for change, and promoting transparency in communities. He emphasized the necessity of creating space for active participation by civil society, despite existing challenges related to regulatory frameworks and security in Balochistan.