- Law enforcement agents have been warned by Yemi Osinbajo against corruption
- The vice president said despite Nigeria’s high oil revenues, debt doubled and poverty figures rose as a result of corruption
- According to Osinbajo, all the relevant government agencies have, however, shown a serious commitment to eradicating the corruption
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said there is no reason why any Nigerian should give bribe to law enforcement agents whether for obtaining drivers licenses, passports or to clear goods at the ports.
Osinbajo spoke on Tuesday, May 14, in Abuja while declaring open the anti-corruption conference tagged “Collaborative Approach to Eradicating the Evils of Corruption in Nigeria.’’
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference was organised by the office of the vice president and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC).
Quoting PricewaterhouseCoopers, Osinbajo said Nigeria’s 2030 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could be up to 534 billion dollars higher if it reduced corruption.
He said it did not matter how much revenue a country made or how transformative its plans were; corruption would ensure that the majority of the people did not benefit from it or simply truncate the plan.
He said the enforcement of Treasury Single Account (TSA), the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, and even ensuring that most civil servants were on the IPPIS electronic platform had helped greatly to control official theft of public funds.
The vice president said: “The Supreme Court in a lead judgment of Akaahs JSC, recently held that forfeiture under Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act is a civil process which neither requires the criminal conviction of the property owner nor his innocence .
“This opens the door for forfeiture of assets that the purported owner cannot explain, whether or not an allegation of corruption is made. We are now poised to deal with the wider problem of systemic corruption; especially where the average person interacts with government.
“Corruption in the issuance of contracts, licenses and other government approvals; there is no reason why any Nigerian should have to give bribe to law enforcement agents for obtaining drivers licenses or passports, or to clear goods at our ports.
"All the relevant government agencies have shown a serious commitment to eradicating these forms of corruption; our next level is to create the environment for collaboration between our agencies, civil society and other stake holders."
The vice president said it was in recognition of the enormity of corruption that President Muhammadu Buhari set up PACAC in 2015.
Osinbajo said PACAC deserved commendation not just for its sterling, innovative contributions to the fight against corruption, but for regularly setting the agenda for important conversations on the subject.
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Osinbajo said the determination of the federal government to deal with any institution or individual owing the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria.
The vice president said one of the methods that will be used against the debtors will be to stop them from dealing with the government.
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