Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has declared that the anti corruption fight would be frontal in the next four years of president Buhari’s administration.
Mohammed who made the declaration yesterday when he featured on a TVC News programme, This Morning, also said it would be unfair for Nigerians to measure its achievements in the fight against corruption by the number of convictions it has secured.
According to him, sustainable policies; including the Single Treasury Account (TSA), Whistle Blower Policy were a solid foundation, as the fight against corruption would remain the bedrock of the administration in the next four years.
“Under this administration, we insisted and have succeeded in ensuring that all payments and revenues are paid into the TSA.
“Before we came in, the federal government had over 2,000 different accounts in various banks which resulted in paying several billions on naira in charges. The government, then, also never had an idea of how much it had as revenue.
“Today, over N9.3 trillion has gone into the TSA and that is why it is possible for us to invest, especially in the area of infrastructure and social investment programmes,” he said.
The minister also added that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has also recognised efforts of the administration in fighting corruption.
“When we say the fight against corruption is successful, it is because we have laid the foundation that would make it difficult for people to engage in the evil act.
“For us, success of the fight against corruption is the fact that we have driven corruption under the table and made it unattractive as it was before.
“Those who are corrupt are doing so with the fear of the law. It will be progressive, become more and more difficult in Nigeria for corruption to be attractive,” he said.
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