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By Maryam Aminu, Abuja

The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, in synergy with relevant bodies has staged the 5th Africa Union Day of Anti Corruption with the theme: Regional Economic Communities; critical actors in the implementation of all conventions on the prevention and combating corruption on Monday.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Oliver Stolpe advised Nigerians to focus on corruption areas like the public sector recruitment and out more effort to avoid corruption during elections. He said the 2023 Nigeria election is forthcoming, ICPC, EFCC INEC, and other related agencies should work together to ensure a corrupt-free election. He further noted that the issue of corruption and gender is an eye-opening one and as such should be focused on.

Fatima Kere Ahmed, the representative of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) while speaking congratulated the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for this day and applauded PACAC for taking the courage in staging such a remarkable event.

Stressing further, Fatima Kere gave thumbs up to the Nigerian government for showing zero tolerance in the area of corruption. She said, “Nigerians are passionate about change and are tasty for corruption-free Nigeria, and to achieve the 2023 agenda, we must fight and discourage every form of corruption”.

She further added that the Bureau has almost completed the online asset declaration exercise and more would be done in other related areas.

“Corruption can be totally zero in Africa if we all put efforts to fight and discourage it”, she added.

Similarly, Kayobo Agnes Ngandu representing the Africa Union Advisory Board of Corruption (AUABC) congratulated Africans for the 5th year celebration of Africa Day against corruption. She stated however ready the board is to willingly give its best in order to enhance and promote the fight against corruption.

“Despite the COVID-19, we are still celebrating the 2021 Anti-corruption day and this shows how resilience we are to bringing corruption to its end”.

Agness added that corruption isn’t natural but manmade and as such can be solved easily if we collaborate.

Also speaking at the event, Sen. Suleiman Kwari disclosed how they have been channeling resources toward promoting Anti-corruption.

“Money laundering is something we cannot run away from as every machinery necessary is put in place serving as a watchdog in curbing the ugly act”.

He added that the Senate Committee is undergoing financial-industrial training that will put one step ahead on the best way to fight corruption.

The ICPC representative,
Adedayo Kayode while giving his speech dwelled on stakeholders’ role in combating corruption and how free trade and illicit financial flow should be monitored in order to have a corruption-free system.

Gamawa Hadiza Zubairu giving a brief retrospect on how the convention started in 2003 and was implemented in 2006. She said transparency and accountability on public affairs will bring about zero corruption practices, narrowing down her points to the fact that corruption must be stopped in Africa at all means.

Auwal Musa applauded the Anti-corruption authorities, urging the government to make resources available to have a financial hitch-free fight.

“Media should key into this direction. Let them use their influence to expose corrupt individuals as this will scare others away. There should be an organized sensitization section to educate citizens on the effects of corruption for it is better to stop corruption from happening than trying to solve it”, he resolved.

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