- Professor Yemi Osinbajo said the Buhari administration is intensifying the war against corruption
- The vice president said the the war has not been won yet
- Osinbajo expressed optimism that things have however gotten better compared to 2015
Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said that the war against corruption is still going on as it remains an objective of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Daily Trust reports that the vice spoke at the summit on corruption organised by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC).
Osinbajo said they are however close to finding solution to corruption than they were in 2015.
He said: “And since 2015 much has been done in this battle against corruption. But we are not even slightly deluded into thinking that we have won the battle, certainly not. We are still very far away but we must admit that we are much closer to finding solutions than when we began."
He said the policy was to tackle corruption first. He said: “By this I mean the stealing of huge public resources directly from the treasury, usually at the behest of the highest levels of executive authority. And the stealing of budgeted funds through various schemes.
“How did we go about this – the enforcement of TSA, the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, and even ensuring that most civil servants are on the IPPIS electronic platform (which simply is our way of ensuring that there are no ghost workers by putting all public officials including those in the Armed Forces and the police on the electronic payment platform) and this has greatly reduced ghost workers and ensured that all of our human resources are accounted for electronically.
“The judiciary also moved a little in recent times. The Supreme Court in a lead judgment recently held that forfeiture under Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act is a civil matter.
“So, it 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 there is an allegation of corruption.”
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Magu, acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday, May 14, said the ongoing investigation of the president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, is not personal.
He said this while receiving award for Outstanding Leadership in Public Service by Euro Knowledge Group.
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