Sokoto urges Anti graft Agencies not to politicise  corruption fight

Ismail Umar, Sokoto

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The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has advised the anti-corruption agencies not to politicise the fight against corruption in various sector of Nigeria.

Governor Tambuwal gave the advice at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MOU and launching of a program “Spotlight Initiatives” between the State government and the United Nations.

He said the best way to fight corruption was through strengthened institutions.

Constitution Amendment
He Governor said he was in total support of constitutional amendments that could strengthen democracy and engender good governance in the country.

“Nigerian government should strengthen anti graft agencies capacity and allow them to operate independently, it will help them to fight corruption to the minimal level,” he said.

Partnering with UN
The Governor reaffirmed the Nigeria Governors forum’s readiness to partner with the UN and it’s agencies to achieve it’s designed objectives.

He pointed out that the issues of poverty and inequality in the the society needs to be addressed by government at all levels in the country.

Governor Tambuwal explained that Sokoto State was doing it’s best toward addressing poverty through empowering youth on agriculture to enhance job creation.

“The State government has provided agricultural inputs at a subsidised rates to farmers and other implements to improve farming across all the twenty three local government areas.,” he said.

He said there was harmonious relationship between the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary in the State.

UN System Reforms
He assured the UN that the State government would support UN system reforms for sustainable democracy in Nigeria.

“The Sokoto State government is up to date in the payment of it’s counterpart funds for Sustainable Development Goals, SDG programmes,” he said.

The Governor explained that the State government had released additional two billion naira counterparts funding to ensure proper execution of relevant policies and programmes.

Climate Change
He stressed the need for governments at at all levels to brace up for the challenge of climate change.

The Governor said there was need to sensitizes communities on challenges of climate changes the country is facing.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Edward Kallon, congratulated Governor Tambuwal on his reelection for the second term in office and his election as Vice Chairman of Nigeria Governors forum which he attributed to the strategic role played at  the national affairs.

Mr Kallon said he was in Sokoto to partner with the State and solicit for more support from the Nigeria Governor’s Forum to achieve 2019 UN sustainable development framework work plan.

He restated the UN readiness to partner with the State to address many challenges face by the State especially in the area of insecurity, Health, Education and climate changes among others.

The UN Resident Coordinator said population in Nigeria increases by 3.2% while economy increases by 1.2%, therefore there was need to address these challenges as Nigeria would be the third most populated country in the world by the year 2050.

 

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