Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

FG touts anti-corruption ‘successes

The federal government says it has recovered looted funds in excess of 800 billion Naira since the inception of current administration.

It also added that no fewer than 1,400 convictions have been secured.

While taking a swipe at those speaking ill of the administration's anti-corruption fight at a press conference in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said those responsible for corruption are the ones accusing the government of wrongdoing.

He said, "I am not prepared to go into the details of the various corruption allegations whether at the NDDC, NSITF, EFCC or any other agency because they are all still under investigation.

"However, I wish to state that the allegations of corruption in NDDC, for example, are not new. What is new is the speed and seriousness with which this Administration has tackled and is still tackling the allegations.

"Had such attention been paid to the running of the NDDC by previous Administrations, the Commission would probably have avoided its present predicament.

"Is it not a sad irony, then, that those under whose watch the alleged freewheeling spending by the Commission started are now the ones accusing those who are cleaning up after them of corruption?"

Mohammed observed that President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to rid the nation of corruption is gaining new strength.

He lampooned the main opposition, the PDP for faulting the government's anti-corruption campaign, describing call for Buhari’s resignation as infantile.

The Minister further challenged those who have doubts on the federal government's readiness to fight corruption to dare it.

"The fight against corruption is not about loot recovery or convictions alone. We are also putting in place enduring institutional reforms that will deter acts of corruption.

"Here we are talking about the Treasury Single Account, TSA, the Whistleblower Policy, the expansion of the coverage of the Integrated Payroll Personnel and Information System as well as the Government Integrated Management Information System and the Open Government Partnership and Transparency Portal on Financial Transactions, among others" he added.

He however dispelled insinuations that the anti-graft campaign of the federal government is targeted against the opposition, insisting that it will not cover up for anyone, including the members of the ruling APC who faces corruption allegations.’

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