President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday stressed that corruption is a major threat to the development of the country.
Buhari stated this while speaking at the National summit on ‘‘Diminishing Corruption in the Public Service’’, organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
He said: “Corruption is the cause of many major problems in our country. It is a catalyst for poverty, insecurity, weak educational system, poor health facilities and services and many other ills of our society.
The President assured that his administration is “working hard to overcome such ills.
“Corruption generally and public sector corruption, in particular, inhibits the ability of government to deliver infrastructure and basic services to the people, adding that it a “major threat to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the socio-economic transformation we are all working hard to bring about in Nigeria.”
Buhari also noted that he has been monitoring the activities of the ICPC since the new Board was inaugurated in February 2019.
“I am aware of major enforcement and preventive initiatives of the current Board of the ICPC such as the System Study Review, tracking of Zonal Intervention Projects, otherwise called Constituency Projects, your collaboration with the National Social Investment Office and other measures that you are pursuing.
Buhari further stated that despite the huge amount appropriated for constituency projects in the past ten years, Nigerians are yet to feel the impact.
“It is on record that in the past ten years One trillion naira (N1trillion) has been appropriated for constituency projects yet the impact of such huge spending on the lives and welfare of ordinary Nigerians can hardly be seen.
The President stressed that “the war against corruption cannot be won without prevention, enforcement, public education and enlightenment.
“I urge every well-meaning Nigerian to join in the fight against corruption. I encourage the ICPC and other law enforcement agencies to intensify their efforts in public education, enlightenment and engagement with citizens.
He urged the Chairman and Board of the ICPC to sustain all preventive and enforcement measures and strategies and to enforce systems and processes for tracking all government projects to ensure that no project is abandoned or not executed according to specification.