FEDERAL Government has inaugurated four special anti-corruption postage stamps in a bid to strengthen the anti-corruption posture with the nation’s postal service, in line with the over 192 member-countries of the Universal Postal Unit, UPU. President Mohammed Buhari at the official launch yesterday in Abuja decried that corruption had become obstacles to Foreign Direct Investment, FDI. This is even as he assured that his government would provide good leadership through accountability, transparency and the rule of law, acknowledging that the fight against corruption was not the monopoly of government. The president, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Engineer Babachir David Lawal, noted that virtually all sectors of the economy were affected by corruption, promising that his administration would adopt scientific approach to fight the scourge. Buhari said all hands should be on the deck to eliminate the scourge of corruption from every facet of the nation’s national life, warning that “corruption and corrupt practices have become so endemic in our body polity that the nation’s corporate existence is being continually threatened.” According to him, “Needless to say that corruption has impacted negatively on the country’s reputation and created obstacles to local and foreign direct investments. Our nation’s economic growth, global competitiveness, general development and up-liftment of our citizens have remained stunted.” He said that “as a nation if we truly desire to survive it is imperative that we fight and get rid of this monster before it kills us all. It is therefore the resolve of this administration not to rest on its oars even as we appreciate that the fight against corruption is not the monopoly of government. “To allow corruption to blossom is to aggravate poverty and inequality which could lead to loss of faith in political leadership and engender criminality,” the president asserted. “If we all share the dream of a greater Nigeria in the real sense of the word, the time is now for all public and private institutions, corporate and individuals to join hands in a coordinated approach to fight this scourge and liberate our fatherland from this monstrous vice,” Buhari said. He added that “to extinguish it from our nation, a multi-dimensional approach is required. Government is leaving no stone unturned in adopting strategies and methods of combating it. We are open to ideas, suggestions and other scientific approaches to prosecute this war.” The president said his
administration would support measures to make the Nigerian Postal Service, NIPOST, virile and efficient to become a major non-oil revenue earner, adding that government was conscious of the powerful image the postal stamps could create for a country at the global arena and therefore, every necessary step would be taken to advance the course of NIPOST for efficiency and profitability.
The post worldwide today is also diversifying its products and services to better meet customers’ needs for effectiveness, speed and reliability, President Buhari said, noting that NIPOST should brace up to this challenge. He urged Nigerians to take advantage of the message in the four special anti- corruption stamps which would be in circulation for two years, stressing that NIPOST
would be repositioned to be one of the highest non-oil revenue generating agencies for the government. Earlier, the Minister of Communications, Barrister Adebayo Shittu said at the launch that postage stamps were regarded globally as one of the most effective communication tools capable of supplying information and creating awareness and understanding among peoples.

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