President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurate the drilling for Anti-Corruption Agencies in the African Union where he told members that the battle opposed to corruption is a fight for the spirits of the nations & it is compulsory to be attained.
The comments was made in Abuja on Monday when he received agents to the Corruption Risk Assessment preparation for heads & senior officials of Anti-Corruption Agencies in the African Union.
The drilling, he stated, was at the expense of Nigeria as a component of the help for the fight against corruption on the region & it is being eased by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN) the investigative & preparing arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC).
He said that the region has been hurt from the various results of corruption since autonomy & said it was vital that means be seized to alter the course.
“When we assumed office in May 2015, the pervasive nature and devastating impact of corruption on the Nigerian nation had become dysfunctional. The momentum for our electoral victory could not be separated from the revolt of the people against glaring endemic corruption,” he stated.
“During the past several months, we have been taking steps to institute integrity and transparency in the processes of government and holding those who have plundered our commonwealth to account for their actions.”
“However, the costs of recovery and sanctions are also enormous. While commendable successes have been recorded, it has become manifest that corruption fights back. With enormous stolen resources elements have attempted to compromise law enforcing institutions and pervert the course of justice.”
“Our steps in this direction include the full implementation of both the Treasury Single Account (TSA) and the Bank Verification Number (BVN) the Open Government Partnership, various Executive Orders, strengthening the Anti-Corruption Agencies and permitting their full autonomy.”
“It is in this context of building robust preventive systems that we must understand this initiative which aims to train leaders of anti-corruption agencies in the African Union by deploying Corruption Risk Assessment Methodology for corruption prevention in our countries.”
“Corruption Risk Assessment seeks to identify corruption-prone processes and procedures in organisations and recommend appropriate remedial steps. The methodology places a premium on prevention as an effective complement to enforcement in the war against corruption.”
“The training starting today is an opportunity to extend the benefits of this methodology to other African countries and by which it is clear that we have not taken our appointment as Anti-Corruption Champion for the continent for the year 2018 lightly.”
“It is heart-warming that most of our countries have subscribed to not only the United Nations Convention against Corruption, UNCAC, but also the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC).”
“This event offers a good opportunity to encourage the few countries which are yet to ratify the African Union Convention to expedite processes to do so. No efforts can be too much as we seek to rid our societies of the evil of corruption.”