CJN advocates new method to fight corruption in Nigeria

Peter Bahago, Abuja

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The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed has called on the executive and legislative arms of Government in Nigeria to put in place internal mechanism that will X-ray and diagnose emerging symptoms of corruption within its fold in order to nip it in the bud.

Justice Tanko Muhammed made the call at a Two Day National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector organised by the Office of the Secretary to Nigeria’s Government in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC in Abuja, Nigeria .

According to the CJN, the National Judicial Council, NJC has applied the method and the positive results recorded cannot be over-emphasised.

’’I urge the relevant authorities to strengthen the various institutions of government so that enduring legacies could be enthroned to govern the conscience of the citizens’’ he said.

He noted that the ICPC in collaboration with other sister agencies has helped in no small measure in reducing the rate of corruption, especially among public office holders in Nigeria as could be seen in the  Transparency International’s current ranking .

’’The current ranking should rather challenge the ICPC to put more effort in its work to ensure that the  country is pulled out of the doldrums’’

Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye noted that many Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government, MDAs do not have anti-corruption transparency unit as internal checks to corruption risks contrary to government’s directive and where such exists, they are not allowed to function.

According to Professor Owasanoye, ’’ICPC intends to collaborate with the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and office of the Head of Service Service of the Federation in order to improve on ethics and integrity system in government’’ he said.

A Constituency Projects Tracking Group, CPTG, a programme aimed at monitoring projects to be executed by lawmakers in their constituents was also launched at the event.