I used technology to fight corruption - Jonathan

I used technology to fight corruption - Jonathan

- Goodluck Jonathan has reportedly condemned President Buhari's anti-corruption fight

- The former president said he used technology to fight corruption during his regime

- He alleged that his anti-corruption fight is more effective than President Buhari's

Former president Jonathan has claimed that, contrary to popular opinions, his administration’s anti-corruption fight was more effective and produced better results than what is obtained under the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In his new book titled My Transition Hours, the former president listed the methods his administration used to combat corruption in the country, The Nation reports.

Jonathan posited that that corruption fight cannot be effectively fought and won by the executive arm alone, as it requires the involvement of other arms of government.

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He said that his administration deployed the use of technology to fight corruption. He also noted that his government supported the institutional development of secure systems and mechanisms to curb corruption in public places.

He cited the Treasury Single Account (TSA), the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and the Bank Verification Number (BVN) as examples of his administration’s technological tools designed to fight corruption.

Jonathan added that the effective implementation of the various policies in the fight against corruption brought positive results as the country made its best improvement ever in Transparency International (IT) corruption perception index.

“Immediately after the 2011 elections, my administration was repeatedly accused of being corrupt. Despite the blackmail, I remained committed to combating corruption in a systemic way, knowing it was endemic. We vigorously devised and implemented a thorough and strategic plan to fight corruption, using technology, albeit within the context of the rule of law and due process,” he reportedly wrote.

Jonathan also criticised President Buhari’s manner of handling the anti-corruption fight. He claimed that his anti-corruption fight was more effective, citing the report of Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perception Index.

He said Nigeria was ranked the 136th out of 175 nations surveyed; an improvement from the nation’s previous position of 144th in 2013, 139th in 2012 and 143rd in 2011.

He added that the 2017 corruption perception index released in 2018 by TI placed Nigeria as number 148, a retrogression in which the nation went 12 places backward.

More excerpts below: “No administration can either be entirely bad or perfect. Good governance is a process. Rather than media hype or arresting and parading suspected offenders on television, my strategy was to strengthen our public institutions and law enforcement agencies to prevent people from defrauding the system ab initio.

“My administration developed and implemented the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), which was initiated by the Obasanjo Administration towards the end of his tenure. Through this technology, we arranged for federal, civil and public servants to register their biometrics as a condition for receiving their salaries and as a result we weeded out over fifty thousand ghost workers and saved N15 billion every month which was then equivalent to $100 million.

“The effective implementation of these policies in 2014 brought positive results as Nigeria made its best improvement ever in Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perception Index. Nigeria was ranked the 136th out of 175 nations surveyed; an improvement from the nation’s previous position of 144th in 2013, 139th in 2012 and 143rd in 2011. It is important to note that despite the many sensational stories, dramatic arrests, seizures and accusations, many of them false, since I left office, the fact remains that Nigeria has not made any improvement on TI Corruption Perception Index since 2014.

“In fact, the 2017 corruption perception index released in 2018 by TI placed Nigeria as number 148, a retrogression in which the nation went 12 places backward. In other words, Nigeria is more corrupt in 2017 than it was when I handed over to the Buhari administration in 2015. Some people may be misled with smoke and mirrors but the TI Corruption Perception Index relies on unsentimental facts and figures.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Jonathan revealed the alleged reasons why he lost the 2015 presidential election to President Buhari.

The former president claimed that the mass defection of some former governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) cost him his bid to be re-elected for a second term in office.

Jonathan who lost the 2015 presidential election with just over 2.5 million votes also reportedly blamed northern leaders who wanted power returned to their region for sabotaging his re-election bid.

These claims are also reportedly contained in the new book about his tenure in office.

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