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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

How To Win The War Against Corruption, by Sen. Saraki

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has advocated the need to prioritize deterrence rather than punishment in order to permanently win the ongoing war against corruption. In a statement signed by Sanni Onogu, Chief Press Secretary to the Senate President,Saraki gave the charge in his speech at the Public Presentation and Book-Signing ceremony of Senator Dino Melaye's book titled: "Antidotes For Corruption - The Nigerian Story", held in Abuja on Monday, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu. On why deterrence is a better approach to fighting the corruption scourge, Saraki said:

"I am convinced that we must return to that very basic medical axiom that prevention is better than cure. 
"Perhaps, the reason our fight against corruption has met with rather limited success is that we appeared to have favoured punishment over deterrence. 
"We must review our approaches in favour of building systems that make it a lot more difficult to carry out corrupt acts or to find a safe haven for corruption proceeds within our borders.
"In doing this, we must continue to strengthen accountability, significantly limit discretion in public spending, and promote greater openness," he said.
 Besides, on that the 8th National Assembly is doing to fight corruption, the Senate President said:
“We in the National Assembly last week took the first major step in this direction towards greater openness. 
"For the first time in our political history, the budget of the National Assembly changed from a one-line item to a 34-page document that shows details of how we plan to utilize the public funds that we appropriate to ourselves.”
He stated that tremendous progress in the fight against corruption under President Muhammadu Buhari in the last two years, saying,
"one area I believe we have made remarkable progress in the past two years of the President Buhari-led administration is that corruption has been forced back to the top of our national political agenda. 
"Every single day, you read the newspapers, you listen to the radio, you go on the internet, you watch the television, the people are talking about it. The people are demanding more openness, more accountability and more convictions. 
"Those of us in government are also responding, joining the conversation and accepting that the basis of our legitimacy as government is our manifest accountability to the people," he said.
On anti-corruption legislation being considered by the Senate, he said, "At the moment, we are considering for passage into law the following bills: The Whistleblower Protection Bill, which I am confident will be passed not later than July 2017; The Proceeds of Crime Bill; The Special Anti-Corruption Court, which would be done through constitutional amendment and; The Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill."
He stated that it has become imperative for governments at all levels to demonstrate that they are not in office for the pursuit of private gain, "but to make our people happier by helping them to meet their legitimate aspirations and achieve a higher quality of life…Nigeria and Nigerians have not accepted corruption as normal; we recognize it as a problem; that we are determined to make a break with our past and live by different rules.”

He stated that providing more opportunities for Nigerians will help in winning the crusade against graft and added that, “If we are able to build a quality public education system, especially at the basic and secondary level, which would not require parent to pay through their nose for their children’s education.
"If we are able to build an efficient public health system that provide insurance cover to ordinary citizens so that when they fall sick, they can access quality healthcare without running from pillar to post looking for money; if we are able to build a system that guarantees food and shelter to everyone; if we are able to do all these, we would have gone a long way in removing much of the driving force for corruption at this level," he stated.

He further stressed the need the need to simplify the nation's bureaucracy and administrative procedures "because it is in the complexity and red-tapes that corrupt officials profit."


13 comments:

Nnenne George said...

Corrupt people talking about how to win war against corruption.. first dino published a book, now bukola.. if they're not corrupt, then who is this "corruption"?

Pascal said...

See this corrupt Saraki is giving advice on how to stop corruption. Wonders shall never seize to end in Nigeria

Pascal said...

See this corrupt Saraki is giving advice on how to stop corruption. Wonders shall never seize to end in Nigeria

Michael Chuks said...

It is obvious vthat u people are now laughing at us,what an insult for somebody like u to telling us how to fight corruption when u are d father of corruption

Vivian Reginalds said...

anako crap!
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Nwa said...

Whistle blowers reveal Senate president is a......

Anonymous said...

Look at a criminal like Saraki laughing at us.An Arm robber like Saraki God will punish you.It shows no repentant on your side a fool..Father of all corruptions...nuel

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Anonymous said...

What a fucking joke, the godfather of corruption talking about ways to stop corruption.

azazel said...

if u ask me d best way to fight corruption is to gather all d useless politians both past and present leaders including u lock all of u up in aso rock den borrow a nuclear bomb from north korea nd bomb all of u to death now dat is how to win d war against corruption

Anonymous said...

How to stop corruption in Nigeria. Any political office holder should not travel abroad for any kind of medical treatment, should not send their kids to school abroad, shouldn't fly across the country must travel by road. You will see things will change for the better in Nigeria.

Emeka said...

Make una listen, corrupt man dey school una.

Pretty woman friend said...

U r vr right mr saraki. U making alots of sense

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