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FG explains reasons for partnering EU, British Council to fight graft 

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Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN)

Malami heads inter-ministerial committee to curb corruption
The Federal Government has explained that it was partnering the European Union (EU), the British Council, the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme, in addition to the inputs from other credible bodies and individuals on ways to fight corruption in the country.

It said that the need was necessary to eradicate corruption with the inputs from varied international bodies, individuals and volunteers.

This stand was disclosed yesterday by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, while declaring open the civil society organisations (CSOs), and the media forum on their inputs/validation towards actualisation of the Anti-Corruption Action Plan (2017-2021) jointly organised by the EU, the British Council and the Rule of Law on Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme, held at the Bolton White Hotel, Abuja.

Malami, represented by the Chairman, Technical Committee on the Implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, Ladidi B. Mohammed, said he was appointed by the Federal Government with the approval of the President and the Federal Executive Council (FEC), to chair the inter-ministerial committee on the matter on corruption fight in the country, adding that Ministers of Finance, Interior, Information and Culture, Budget and National Planning and Foreign Affairs, were among the composition of the committee.

The AGF, who commended the representatives of the organisers of the brainstorming event, Dr. Adaeze Chidi-Igbokwe, representing the RoLAC and consultant to the organisers, the Programme Officer at the British Council, Pwanakei Dala, and Emmanuel Uche, also a component manager of the council among the participants, for their dogged contributions to validation of the document which he hoped would go a far-reaching extent in tackling corruption in the country, said that the monitoring and evaluation committee/task team comprising regulatory agencies such as the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),  among others, would ensure the guidelines, rules and laws were obeyed.

Malami, said the problem of the Federal Government had been the hiccups associated with recovering of looted and stashed funds to other countries in view of the stringent laws of other nations in recovering them, to ensure the asset management and re-looting were checked.



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