The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Wednesday, applauded Nigeria’s effort in the fight against corruption in the country, acknowledging the fact that Nigeria has achieved a lot in recent times inspite of the difficulties and complexities of the war.
Jennifer Sarvary-Bradford, UNODC’s Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer, gave the commendation Wednesday in Abuja, at the review of the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) by Myanmar and Côte D’Ivoire.
The meeting which attracted wide spectrum of various Anti-corruption agencies and civil society from both within and outside the country, is expected to harness effort of all in the anti-corruption crusade.
Sarvary-Bradford, stated that the fight against corruption was not a one-off event, but that of continuous efforts with patience and tenacity for it to succeed.
“The fight against corruption takes a lot of efforts and it is not a fight that can be fought and won in one day. The fight also needs collaboration and joint efforts both nationally and internationally because no country can do it alone,” she said.
Also speaking, National Focal Person for UNCAC in Nigeria, Tukur Midibbo disclosed that after the review process, the United Nations would evolve a certain set of recommendations for Nigeria.
He said experience had shown that such recommendations may require amendment of the national laws or enacting new laws by the National Assembly to further enhance the process.
According to him, this is with the aim of tightening areas were there may be corruption leakages in order to make it watertight and difficult for persons to perpetrate corruption or escape punishment when caught.
Modibbo added that although the United Nations was spearheading the process, it was Côte D’Iviore and Myammar that were leading the review of Nigeria.
“After this process, Nigeria will also go out and review a west African country and one other country in another continent still under the tutelage of the United Nations,” he said.
He explained that the process comprised a single cycle of 10 years and Nigeria had in phase one which terminated in 2016, mainly reviewed law enforcement and criminalization of corruption and international cooperation.
He said the present review was the second phase which would target preventive measures and asset recovery.
The Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), welcoming the reviewers to Nigeria, noted that the two chapters under review were key areas of focus for the present administration.
“The two chapters under review in this cycle- chapter two and five which deal with preventive measures and asset recovery are key areas of focus of the current administration as it remains committed to the fight against corruption.
“Without preempting this process, I will state that this government has undertaken preventive measures against corrupt practices and has put a lot of efforts in the recovery of looted, carted and stashed asset both home and abroad”, the minister said.
He disclosed that in the fight against corruption, Nigeria had put in place various policies with a view to ensuring sanity in every sector of the country.