The National Assembly resumed plenary sessions for the week today and amidst the flurry of activities, Senate President Bukola Saraki presented a plan of action that will assist in the anti-corruption crusade in the country.
Senator Saraki launched the plan while speaking at the opening of the “National conference on the role of the legislature in the fight against corruption” organised by the National Assembly in conjunction with the European Union (EU), the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and a few other agencies.
Here are the key points from his action plan:
- “The fight against corruption cannot be the fight of one man but rather the vigilance of everyone of us in our various spheres of influence. It must be driven by a well articulated and delivered strategy”.
- “Institutional integrity and capacity holds the key to sustainable success against corruption. Ordinary Nigerians must be convinced that the problem of curbing corruption is being treated seriously by the government and not in an opportunistic manner”.
- “It is not enough to simply round people up forcefully and throw them in jail under the guise of a successful anti-corruption fight, as a government and as a people, we must do more on the prevention and perception side of the anti-corruption war”.
- “The anti-corruption drive cannot be undertaken as a media glitz. This is why government across all levels must work to strengthen the capacity of our agencies to make informed decisions and be inclined towards good knowledge of the law, rigour and transparency in all their doing”.
- “I urge sensitisation of our community leadership and the wider local communities to join the fight through the denouncement of corrupt individuals and those who normalise dishonesty, bribery and exploitation; and those who clearly live far above their commensurate earning”.
- “The fight against corruption cannot be fought and won on the basis of prosecution of offenders alone, a greater effectiveness can be achieved by applying preventive measures across the public spectrum. Some of such preventive measures include education, ethical reforms and technological support systems for better auditing”.
- “There must be minimal intrusion in the operation decisions and working of our apex institutions – like the EFCC, the ICPC and the Police Force – that are tagged with ensuring accountability in our affairs”.