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Groups charge govts on nation-building, growth


Buhari-and-OsinbajoTHE Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and civil society organisations (CSOs) have called on the three tiers of government to shun all acts of corruption and imbibe virtues that would move the country forward.

The groups, at a rally in Benin City, Edo State to mark this year’s World Anti-corruption Day, stressed that for a better Nigeria, corruption must be totally discarded as it had undermined the country’s development for ages.

Speaking on the theme, “ Break the Corruption Chain,” Edo State Commissioner, ICPC, Olukile Olusesan said the greatest challenge of the nation was corruption, urging Nigerians to frown on the ill.

He said the sensitisation was to enlighten members of the public on the dangers and evils of corruption and related vices.

He pledged the commitment of the ICPC and other anti-graft agencies to reducing corruption to its barest minimum.

On his part, the Executive Director, Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Rev. David Ugolor, said all hands must be on deck to ensure that Nigeria’s rating on corruption index by Transparency International dropped drastically.

“Today is an important day in the history of tackling corruption globally. We want to send a strong message to government that corruption is one of the instruments they use in sustaining the inequality in the country.

“The level of poverty in the country is unacceptable and the only way to tackle poverty is to fight corruption. We also believe that the traditional approach in tackling corruption is failing. The anti-corruption agency needs to be strengthened. It is very clear that the Buhari administration has announced to the country that is not going to be business as usual and one way to demonstrate this is to see that Nigeria improves in the ranking of Transparency International where Nigeria is ranked as one of the most corrupt countries in the world.

“We have responsibility to work together to take us from this ranking to position where we can attract foreign direct investment that would help grow the economy and when there is no growth in the economy, you cannot tackle poverty. We have seen the widespread corruption in the oil sector, lack of prosecution of those involve in oil subsidy fraud.
We have seen that procurement of arms in the fight against insurgency is not being accepted and the whole money in the purchase of arms is currently in the hand of politicians.

“What we think that can solve the problem is not sending them to jail but recovering the stolen assets so they can be used for meaningful development,” Ugolor stated.

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