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FG lists efforts made in fight against corruption ….as UNODC supports Nigeria

16th Dec, 2019 | By Darlington Omotoso with Agency reports | ||

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) of Nigeria in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and with the support of the United Kingdom launched the report on the Second Survey on Corruption in Nigeria recently in Abuja. The survey assesses the likelihood of citizens being approached for the payment of bribes as well as the frequency of such requests and actual payments.

It provides insights into citizens' attitudes towards corruption, their readiness to refuse requests for bribes and to report corruption incidents. It also provides data on bribery and nepotism in public sector recruitment as well as the phenomenon of vote buying. In his opening address at the launch of the Survey, Nigeria's Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo represented by the Solicitor General of the Federation, Mr. Dayo Apata, said that the launch of the report of the second National Corruption Survey in Nigeria was commendable and worthwhile.

According to him, the first National survey which focused on bribery was launched in 2017 in collaboration with UNODC and NBS. Based on findings from that report, positive measures have been put in place by the Federal Government of Nigeria to address threats and risks as it relates to bribery in public service to promote accountability and transparency and strengthening integrity among citizens.

He added, "further development has been recorded in the enhancement of our laws which include but not limited to the following; the establishment of the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit; the passage of Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act; mechanism is being put in place for the total implementation of the Whistle blower policy". "For example, through the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, a body is being put in place to review the European Union rules on whistle blowing in order to adopt or adapt as the case may be.

Furthermore, effort is being made to ensure that the National Anti-corruption Strategy is implemented at all levels". The Vice President further stressed that to fight corruption more effectively, there is the need to improve understanding of its different manifestations as well as to develop evidence-based anti-corruption policies and measures adding that such surveys and other methodologies were imperative. Statistician General, Yemi Kale of NBS remarked that this second comprehensive survey on corruption in Nigeria provides the government and people of Nigeria an opportunity to assess not only the achievements that have been recorded in the process of tackling corruption, but also the framework for evaluating the impact of related progress.

Oliver Stolpe, UNODC Country Representative observed that while the prevalence of administrative, mostly low-value, bribery has decreased, the survey suggests that the government's anti-corruption agenda is yet to affect this type of bribe seeking behaviour more fundamentally. Consequently, greater efforts might be needed to eradicate small scale corruption which continues to have a profound effect on the lives of Nigerians. He further expressed his hope that the survey would make an important contribution in the fight against corruption in terms of further enhancing its effectiveness and benefits for the people of Nigeria.

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