Senate president Bukola Saraki has said Nigerians must be convinced that the problem of curbing corruption is being treated seriously by the federal government.
He said this at the national anti-corruption summit which held at the Nigerian Airforce centre in Abuja on Tuesday, October 18.
Saraki has said the anti-corruption fight has remained a major policy thrust of successive administrations.
He added that it is also unfortunately true that not much traction has been achieved in preventing corruption in our public life
NAIJ.com has compiled six important things Saraki on how corruption can be curbed. Read what he said below.
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1. In order to succeed this time, we cannot afford to make the fight against corruption simply a mantra. We cannot also afford to make it a chase in the dark, it must be rooted in effective strategy, demonstrable plan with various layers rooted firmly in the tripods of law, liberty and neutrality.
2. As a nation, we still have a long way to go in the fight against corruption. Having tried to solve the problem through spontaneous institutional action, I hereby propose that it is time to adopt a more organised and structure oriented intervention strategy set up with concrete solutions for different strands of the corruption matrix.
3. What do we need to do differently to achieve better and different result? What is clear is that whatever strategy that is adopted that does not include the following as priority is likely not to lead to a sustainable fight against corruption; these include, transparency in government processes and procurement, reduction in bureaucratic bottlenecks, education, technology adaptation, the adoption and enforcement of sensible rules and reduction of discretion, neutral application of sanctions, capacity building and oversight and monitoring.
4. The fight against corruption must remain driven by a well articulated and delivered strategy. One that is robust, multifaceted and driven by leadership across all aspect of our political and social systems. It cannot be the fight of one man but rather the vigilance of everyone of us in our various sphere of influence
5. Therefore, if we must make significant inroad against corruption we must strive to protect our accountability institutions from the virus of political interference no matter how well meaning they may be. They must be enabled to operate in an atmosphere of political neutrality, efficiency and fairness as envisaged under the constitution. This in my view means that while these institutions work in collaborative form, there must be minimal intrusion in the operation decisions and working of our apex institutions like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission and the Police Force, that are tasked with ensuring accountability in our affairs.
6. The fight against corruption cannot be fought and won on the basis of prosecution of offenders alone, a greater effectiveness can be achieved by applying preventive measures across the public spectrum. Such