Monday, 8 December 2014

President Jonathan "Lies" he is winning war against Corruption

As usual, the Presidency has claimed that Nigeria under President Goodluck Jonathan and his team are working tirelessly to crush corruption in Nigeria, and are gaining upper hands in the fight.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe.
The United States of America have stated the Nigeria is its most important strategic partner in Africa and hence, it wants Nigeria to win its war on terrorism.
Speaking at the Hubert H. Humphrey 2014 Annual Lecture held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos, Mrs Maria E. Brewer, Deputy Missioner, US. Embassy, Abuja stated that the US has come to work with Nigeria and not for Nigeria, noting that “Fighting terrorism requires civilian and military leaders to work together to both defeat the enemy on the battle field and address the root causes of conflict.
” Focusing primarily on the population, rather than the enemy, and reinforcing the legitimacy of governments at the local, state and federal levels, reduces the influence of terrorists.
“This can often only be achieved in concert with political reform to improve the quality of governance and address the underlying grievances of the community, many of which maybe legitimate,” she said.

Reacting, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said “There is no doubt that Nigeria is winning the war on corruption. It may not be immediately apparent to those who do not understand the dynamics of applying creative techniques in upturning an age-old habit that has cost this country a lot in terms of financial resources; but to those like the officials in Transparency International knowledgeable in the nuances of fighting corruption, a lot of grounds have been covered”, Okupe said.
He said the nation’s movement from its 144th position on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index last year to 136th position this year was a clear indication that a lot had been achieved by this administration in the anti-corruption war.
He said, “There is no doubt that since President Jonathan came on board as President of this country, the fight against corruption has been taken several notches higher. Unlike any previous administration in the country‘s history, the present administration has instituted institutional reforms.
“One major area this fight has been visible is the agricultural sector where the administration’s carefully articulated and executed Agricultural Transformation Agenda ended 40 years of corruption in the distribution of fertilizers to farmers.
“The same thing applies to the reforms in ports where we have successfully plugged many loopholes which some corrupt officials had exploited to delay genuine business transactions and harm the Nigerian economy.
“The old corrupt system of government direct procurement and distribution of fertiliser as well as the operations in the various ports and government agencies contributed in no small measure to the negative rating of Nigeria by the Transparency International and other global watchdogs.
“Also, the determination of President Jonathan to tackle corruption head on has seen the government take some other far reaching steps like the cleaning up of the import waiver system, which before his coming, was fraught with corruption, nepotism, arbitrariness and other irregularities.
“As a result of this, billions of Naira were lost to the economy as the real business people failed to benefit.

“While it was important for suspects involved in corruption cases to be tried, and if found guilty, sent to jail. What is more important is for the development of mechanisms, the institution of structures and the enactment of policies that would plug loopholes and foster transparency, such that the propensity for corruption is made more difficult and eliminated completely.”



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