Major stakeholders in the Anti-Corruption crusade in Nigeria last Wednesday converged in Abuja lamenting that paucity of fund is hampering the anti-corruption campaign.
The stakeholders were at the public presentation of the maiden edition of the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission(ICPC) Law Report held at the at the auditorium of the anti-graft agency.
The Guest Lecturer at the presentation, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria Dr Abiodun Layonu lamented the inadequate funding for the anti-corruption agencies in the country.
He therefore advocated for the introduction of “Anti-Corruption levy” of N500 (five hundred naira), to address the inadequate funds confronting the anti-corruption agencies.
Dr Layonu declared; “It is further recommended that there should be an introduction of what should be known as Anti-Corruption Levy of, say N500. The levy should be a single one-off annual deduction on all existing current accounts having a balance of over N5000 (Five Thousand Naira)
This he said was one way through which every person should make active contribution to the collective contribution to the collective fight against corruption. “The resultant fund will be in billions to supplement the budgets of the anti-corruption agencies” he remarked.
He further suggested that, “the levy will be deducted with clear narrative by the banks and credited centrally to a specially dedicated and designated account and administered by a body for that purpose for the benefit of the anti-corruption agencies.
Dr Layonu also specifically recommended that “the ICPC should have a share of the Education Fund” because of the Commission’s education and public enlightenment mandate.
He said ICPC should be able to receive some direct funding from fines, penalties and forfeitures imposed after conviction.
In his opening remarks, the Chairman Of ICPC Mr Ekpo Nta said that the presentation represented a very important milestone in the annals of the commission in its fight against corruption
He said in producing a Law Report of this nature, the ICPC has taken a bold step towards establishing firmly in the minds of “our people that cases of corruption have actually led a lot of people to jail for various terms of imprisonment.
Justice Mustapha Akanbi the pioneer Chairman of ICPC in his comment reiterated that he was committed and dedicated to eradicating the scourge of corruption in Nigeria.
He explained that before the creation of ICPC in 2000, the only major case of corruption reported in Nigeria was the conviction of Odofin Bello, who was later acquitted and discharged by the Supreme Court.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar called for better partnership among all the anti-corruption agencies in the country stressing,” all agencies in the fight against corruption need to work harder and we need more partnership, we are not doing that much now”.
The IGP assured the ICPC boss of his readiness to work with the commission.
Some of the prominent personalities at the event were; the former Attorney General Of The Federation and Former Minister Of Justice Mr Kanu Agabi (SAN), Former Attorney General Of the Federation Chief A’-, Olujinmi(SAN), 15. Chief Judges, the secretary of EFCC Mr E.A Aremu and former Acting Chairman of ICPC, Ambassador Uriah Angulu.