CCC supports government’s fight against graftFrom OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) has reiterated its support to the fight against corruption.
At its regular monthly media briefing in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of the Centre, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas, highlighted the need to refocus the country’s public and private sectors to the ideal ways of good service delivery to the public.
He said the culture of impunity and non-compliance with due process needed to be checked.
“The fight is necessary due to the deepening gloom in the international oil market with prices diving as low as about $40 a barrel, perhaps the lowest since 1986.”
He recalled that in 2000 Nigeria was ranked as the most corrupt nation in the world by Transparency International, while in 2001 and 2003 the country ranked second among the most corrupt in the world. “These underscore the imperative for the fight against corruption,” Anas said.
He said the centre acknowledged the considerable impetus in the fight against corruption, especially at the Federal level. Of particular interest to the Centre is the strategic directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Federal Government to start using Treasury Single Account (TSA).
“The Centre believes strongly that this is a step in the right direction capable of ending leakages of revenues meant for the federation account.”Anas said government must as a matter of urgency strengthen all institutions and especially the anti-corruption agencies.
These include Economic and Financial Crime Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) and Code of Conduct Bureau.Anas said while they supported the current fight against corruption, the centre wanted to caution that due process must be followed to ensure that no one elude the justice system. He acknowledged the support of several countries, especially United States, Britain and China, in the current drive against corruption and corrupt practices in Nigeria.
– CAJ News
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