- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Prof Itse advised government officials not to get involved in corrupt practices
- The duo said the federal government was currently tackling corruption from the top before taking it to the lower cadre level
- Osinbajo stressed that the Buhari-led administration is determined to encourage those who planned not to sustain corruption
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof. Itse Sagay, have warned government officials to steer clear of corruption, adding that the federal government would not tolerate any attempt to sustain corruption in the system.
Both noted that the federal government was currently tackling corruption from the top before taking it to the lower cadre level, Vanguard reports.
NAIJ.com gathered the duo, who spoke at the breakfast meeting on “Rethinking Business Conduct and Practices-A Sustainable Concept to Transforming Nigeria’s Business Eco-System” in Abuja on Tuesday, July 24, said the anti-graft war was a head-on fight.
Professor Osinbajo, who was represented by Ade Ipaye, deputy chief of staff to the president, said the federal government was determined to encourage those who planned not to interact, imitate, implement, perpetuate or sustain corruption.
Speaking on what the private sector can do to rid the country of corruption, Osinbajo said: “Self-regulatory measure by the private sector is as important as government measures to block all the loop holes that encourage corrupt practices.”
On the need for an enabling environment, he said: “Government is determined to create systems that ensure that anybody who comes in contact with the government agency, ministry or department will benefit from the corruption-free system.
“When you create an exactly corrupt-free environment for people to transact business with government, the economy and everyone is a winner at the end of the day.’’
He said government would do all within its capabilities to sanitise the business and investment environment.
“We are not ignorant of the fact that combining the fight against corruption and building a strong economy is not an instant. Last year, we issued an executive order 001, the major objective of it was more transparency and efficiency in the business environment,” he said.
Osinbajo stressed that fighting corruption was not something that the government could achieve in a jiffy, adding that it would take time to achieve the feat.
On his part, Prof. Sagay stated that government was currently going after high profile persons who enmeshed themselves in corruption.
“What government is doing now, it is starting from the top, the big ones, the highly privileged ones, the high profile persons who take billions of naira, millions and hundreds in terms of dollars, those are the ones being dealt with now,” he said.
He said corruption is a norm among the population and that it will take time to win the battle against it.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously deputy Senate president Ike Ekweremadu was invited for questioning over allegations of conspiracy, abuse of office and money laundering, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The anti-graft commission extended the invitation in a letter dated Tuesday, July 24, and signed by its director of operations, Mohammed Abba.
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