Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday proposed an eight-point plan of action to achieve success in the ongoing anti-corruption crusade of the present administration.
According to the Senate president, what must be done to succeed in the fight against corruption include ensuring transparency in government processes and procurements, reduction in bureaucratic bottlenecks, education and technology adaptation.
Others are the adoption and enforcement of sensible rules and reduction of discretions, neutral application of sanctions, capacity building and oversight and monitoring.
Saraki articulated the plan while presenting his address at the opening of the ‘National conference on the role of the Legislature in the Fight against Corruption’ jointly organised by the National Assembly and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, in collaboration with the European Union, EU, United Nations Office on Drug and Crime, UNODC, and the African Development Studies Centre, ADSC, in Abuja.
He said: “We must ask ourselves, what have other nations who recorded success in the battle against corruption around the world done to achieve the result they have? What do we need to do differently to achieve better and different result?
“The fight against corruption must remain driven by a well articulated and delivered strategy. One that is robust, multifaceted and driven by leadership across all aspect of our political and social systems.
“It cannot be the fight of one man but rather the vigilance of everyone of us in our various sphere of influence. Let me share some of my personal experiences with you to shed light on some of the strategies that I have utilised in the past.
He added: “In the seventh Assembly, I remember personally leading the charge to expose the corrupt fuel subsidy arrangement that was in place. Through a motion on the Senate floor, the Senate uncovered a mind-boggling corruption going on in the federal government subsidy management scheme.
“This led to the indictment of several individuals and companies who were exploiting the weak institutional structures in the design of the scheme to the detriment of millions of Nigerians to enrich themselves. This motion alone saved the Nigerian government over N500 billion in the first year and in my opinion would have saved a whole lot more afterwards as a result.
“These are just several examples of arms of governments successfully operating within their jurisdictions and mandates to further our collective cause as a nation and bring an end to the pervasive corruption that exists in our society,” he said.
One of the reasons government create institutions, Saraki said, was to ensure that they act in such manner as best preserves the welfare and security of the people.
“I believe that institutional integrity and capacity holds the key to sustainable success against corruption. This is so crucial as ordinary Nigerians must be convinced that the problem of curbing corruption is being treated seriously by the government, and not in an opportunistic manner.
“This is especially so for our public accountability institutions. Therefore, if we must make significant inroad against corruption we must strive to protect our accountability institutions from the virus of political interference no matter how well meaning they may be.
“They must be enabled to operate in an atmosphere of political neutrality, efficiency and fairness as envisaged under the constitution. This in my view means that while these institutions work in collaborative form, there must be minimal intrusion in the operation decisions and working of our apex institutions like the EFCC, the ICPC and the police force that are tasked with ensuring accountability in our affairs,” he observed.


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  • vic

    SARAKI, THE PRIME THIEF AND LOOTER OF NIGERIAN TREASURY

    NIGERIA’S PRIME THIEF AND A FRAUDSTER WHO WAS RECENTLY IN THE DOCKS FOR ILLEGALLY ACQUIRING HIS PROPERTIES AND MONEY LAUNDERING PROPOSING 8-POINT PLAN FOR ANTI-GRAFT WAR??? SARAKI AND ANTI -GRAFT WAR????? WHAT A JOKE OF THE CENTURY???

    I VERY MUCH EXPECTED ONE OF THOSE 8- POINTS WILL BE LIFE IMPRISONMENT FOR CORRUPT AND DECEITFUL CHEATERS AND MONEY LAUNDERERS LIKE SARAKI.

    THIS OVER-FED, POT-BELLY SHAMEFUL SARAKI OF NO SELF-RESPECT AND NO CHARACTER SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED FROM SENATE LONG BEFORE AFTER PARADING HIM IN THE DOCKS. SARAKI IS A DISGRACE TO HIMSELF, HIS FAMILY AND TO THE NATION. THAT IS WHY, WHEN PEOPLE LIKE SARAKI ARE AT THE HELM OF NATIONAL AFFAIRS, , NIGERIA CAN NEVER BE SALVAGED

    CLEARLY, SARAKI IS A BAD EXAMPLE FOR OTHER CRIMINALS LIKE HIM ROAMING ABOUT FREELY IN THE NIGERIAN STREETS, DESPITE SERIOUS FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMITTED BY HIM AGAINST NIGERIANS.