Nigeria prepares harmonised corruption document

Chukwumerije Aja, Enugu

The Nigerian government is working assiduously to introduce a harmonized national strategy document to ease its fight against corruption and corrupt practices.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami stated this in his opening remarks at a Stakeholders Consultative meeting in Abuja on Harmonization of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy Document.

He also observed that corruption foists disruption of social order and destroys public trust in the governance system of Nigeria.

He emphasised that the essence of the meeting was to harmonize the three working documents earlier developed by interest groups.

Fighting corruption
Malami, however, affirmed that the present administration is winning the war on corruption.

He expressed optimism that the three working documents on anti-corruption would be subsumed into one stronger document by the stakeholders meeting.

According to him, “It is my hope that this consultative meeting of stakeholders will produce one harmonized National Strategy Document on Anti-Corruption to fight the menace of corruption.”

He unveiled the working documents to include: “(a) Nigeria Anti-Corruption Strategy; authored by Federal Ministry of Justice (b) National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, prepared by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption. (c) National Strategy to Combat Corruption produced by the Inter agency Task Team”.

He also said that, “one of the cardinal objectives of the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari, was to fight corruption in all its ramifications. This, he explained, includes adopting effective preventive measures against corruption, recovery of stolen assets and putting in place systems and processes to profitably manage the stolen and recovered assets.”

The overview of the three working documents which were presented to stakeholders for discussion was done by Mrs. Mohammed Ladidi of International and Comparative Law Department, Federal Ministry of Justice, Dr. Fatima Waziri, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption and Mrs. Lilian Ekeanyanwu of the Inter Agency Task Team.