Nigeria’s economic problems attributed to corruption – Justice Minister

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has attributed the current political, social and economic problems in the country to corruption.

Justice Malami, who gave this statement at the National Open Government Partnership retreat in Kaduna, said corruption has remained Nigeria’s biggest impediment to attaining sustainable development.

He noted that government would implement programmes aimed at exposing and punishing corrupt public officials and providing support to victims of corruption.

Nigeria joined the open governance partnership in July 2016 as part of its commitment to deepen institutional and policy reforms for good governance. Partnership is a multi stakeholder initiative aimed at improving transparency, accountability, citizens participation, and responsiveness to citizens through technology and innovation“, he added.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufa’i said the state was fully involved in the open governance initiative.

Mr El-Rufa’i, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Bala Bantex, said the state has established a platform that allows citizens to monitor government projects and activities.

Also, the Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership, Mr Sanjay Prodhan, commended the Nigerian government for its determination to end corruption in all aspects of its governance.

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