Cor­rup­tion in Nige­ria af­fects UK – Min­is­ter

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna

The gov­ern­ment of the United King­dom yesterday has said the level of cor­rup­tion in Nige­ria af­fects it di­rectly and it would take steps to pro­tect the in­tegrity of its fi­nan­cial sys­tem.

UK’s Min­is­ter of State, For­eign and Com­mon­wealth, Grant Shapps, who was in Kaduna yesterday to meet with Gover­nor Nasir ElR­u­fai, said there would be no im­punity on the side of his gov­ern­ment in tack­ling cor­rup­tion, promis­ing that it would take prompt ac­tion against any­one who com­mits crim­i­nal of­fence un­der UK ju­ris­dic­tion.

“Where as­sets re­cov­ered, we will

are re­turn them to Nige­ria as soon as we can so they can be used for Nige­rian de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

He ex­pressed sup­port for the anti-cor­rup­tion stance of the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion and sug­gested four ways in which the Nige­rian gov­ern­ment could tackle cor­rup­tion and re­duce poverty.

He said the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion needed to im­prove trans­parency in the oil and gas sec­tor so that all rev­enues in the sec­tor are ac­counted for, de­velop trans­par­ent and cred­i­ble bud­gets at all lev­els to en­sure that funds are used as planned, cut wastes and leak­ages from the public sec­tor to en­sure that re­sources de­liver ser­vices and build the law en­force­ment agen­cies’ ca­pac­ity to in­ves­ti­gate, pros­e­cute and con­vict those that break the rules.

“Cor­rup­tion is present in very so­ci­ety in­clud­ing the UK. No coun­try is im­mune. But the so­lu­tion is not sim­ply to ac­cept it. The so­lu­tion is bet­ter gov­ern­ment. That is why the anti-cor­rup­tion agenda is im­por­tant to the UK,” he said.

Gover­nor El-Ru­fai in his re­sponse ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the UK’s as­sis­tance to Nige­ria in the last gen­eral elec­tions.

He said most of the doc­u­ments his gov­ern­ment was able to work with to chart a course for the de­vel­op­ment of the state on as­sum­ing of­fice were based on data gath­ered from the.

From left: Gover­nors Ibrahim Gaidam, Yobe; Barr. Mo­hammed Abubakar, Bauchi; Bin­dow Jib­rilla, Adamawa; and Aminu Waziri Tam­buwa, Sokoto, at the Nige­rian Gover­nor’s Fo­rum Ex­tra-Or­di­nary Gen­eral Meet­ing in Abuja yesterday.

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

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