Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West in the Senate has launched his new book, 'Antidotes for Corruption'.
The book was launched at the Yara'dua centre in Abuja. Among the dignitaries who are at the occasion are Bukola Saraki, the senate president, his counterpart at the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu.
Also, the minister of Federal Capital Territory, Alhaji Bello Mohammed, his labour and productivity counterpart, Dr. Chris Ngige and former secretary to the government of the federation, Dr. Anyim Pius Anyim.
Below are some of the things Bukola Saraki mentioned as regards corruption:
1. The richer countries are also the less corrupt; while poorer countries tend to be more corrupt.
2. If the purpose of government is to improve the quality of lives of its people, then any conversation about corruption must focus primarily on how it affects human development, whether it is health, wealth or education.
3. We acknowledge that if we want Nigerians to trust their government again, then government at all levels must demonstrate that we are not in office for the pursuit of private gains.
To make our people happier by helping them to meet their legitimate aspirations and achieve a higher quality of life.
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4. Perhaps, the reason our fight against corruption has met with rather limited success is that we appeared to have favoured punishment over deterrence.
5. We must review our approaches in favour of building systems that makes it a lot more difficult to carry out corrupt acts or to find a safe haven for corruption proceeds within our borders.
6. At the moment, we are considering for passage into law the following bills:
- The Whistleblower Protection bill, which I am confident will be passed not later than July 2017.
- The Proceeds of Crime bill
- The Special Anti-Corruption Court, which would be done through constitutional amendment and;
- The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill.
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