Human Rights Advocate and Maritime Lawyer, Dr Olisa Agbakoba, has called for a reform of anti-corruption agencies in the country including Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to reduce corruption.
Agbakoba, who made the call on Wednesday at a news conference in Lagos, said “there has to be roots and branch reform of the anti-corruption agencies if we must succeed in slowing down corruption.”
He said he had written a letter to the president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to address the problem of corruption.
The maritime lawyer said that new strong institutions would be required to reduce corruption.
“Salaries and emoluments voted to our legislators by themselves is about 25 percent of our national budget.
“This is unconstitutional because it is not approved by the Revenue Fiscal and Mobilisation Commission.
“It is strongly recommended that the NNPC be fundamentally reformed,’’ Agbakoba said in the letter.
He urged Buhari to consider budget reform for the Presidential Villa and government houses and called for the strengthening of the public procurement procedures and check on the award of contracts.
“All these have taken a major toll on our resources and encouraged corruption.
“The first crucial challenge is for you to stop these aspects of corrupt practices and introduce major spending cuts,” Agbakoba said.
The maritime lawyer said that legal and justice sector had suffered institutional failure over the last three decades, adding that lip service had over time been paid to the rule of law.


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