FG Moves to Institutionalise Fight against Corruption

The Federal government Thursday commenced moves at institutionalising the fight against corruption in the country.
This it intends to do with the adoption and validation of the harmonized National Anti-corruption Strategy (NACS).
The document which is a Five-year strategy plan aims at presenting a common and united platform of all stakeholders in the fight against corruption.
According to the Attorney General of the Federal and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, the five-year plan involves, prevention of corruption, public engagement, campaign for ethical reorientation, enforcement and sanctions and recovery of proceeds of corruption.
Malami, who was speaking at the Adoption / Validation Meeting on the Harmonisation of the National Anti-corruption Strategy in Abuja, Thursday , noted that the five year strategy plan will serve as the driving force across board in both private and public sectors.
He expressed optimism that the strategy will be viewed by the international community as Nigeria’s supportable and sustainable effort in taking concrete steps in creating a sustainable policy framework to tackle corruption head on in all ramifications.
Represented by the Solicitor-General of the Federation, Taiwo Abidogun, the AGF, canvassed for unconditional support and cooperation of all well meaning Nigerians and the international community in ensuring that the draft of the strategy was validated and adopted to achieve the vision of a Nigeria free of corruption for sustainable human development.
He said that the collective actions of participants would assure Nigerians and the whole world that the present administration was committed to its mandate of tackling the menace of corruption beyond political rhetoric.
The Solicitor-General of the Federation disclosed that in spite of the successes recorded by the Buhari administration in the fight against corruption, “There were still many rivers to cross, indentifiable gaps for closure and emergent hiccups for attention”.
“It is pertinent to reiterate that one of the cardinal objectives of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is to fight corruption in all its ramified manifestations including the adoption of effective preventive measures against corruption, recovery, of stolen assets and putting mechanisms, systems and processes in place to profitably manage stolen and recovered assets.
“This five year strategy will provide a framework to improve the anti-corruption regime in Nigeria by focusing on key areas of policy improvement, institution strengthening and technical support in the public and private sectors as well as society as a whole”.
Also speaking at the occasion, Prof. Femi Odekunle, a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) said that the Buhari administration could be credited with definitive achievements from direct and consequential efforts in the fight against corruption unlike previously insincere or half-hearted fights against corruption.
Odekunle said that with the renewed efforts the fight against corruption will be fully institutionalised by the present government in the best interest of Nigerians.
“It should suffice to state that, besides other indices, the fact that some of our elites who love and worship money are now dumping loads of cash in odd places and denying their ownership is proof-positive that the efforts in the fight against corruption is yielding efforts.

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