FG pledges to lead anti-corruption war in Africa

(NAN) President Muhammadu
Buhari on Monday pledged the willingness of the
Federal Government to lead African countries in the
fight against corruption.
Buhari made this promise in Abuja at the inauguration
of the maiden edition of Anti-Corruption Academy
Training Programme, organised by the Network of
National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa
(NACIWA).
Represented by Mr Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation (SGF), the president said
the programme was timely considering the need to step
up anti-corruption war.
“This ceremony, which brings together national and
international experts, marks the inauguration of
NACIWA annual anti-corruption skills exchange
programme.
“The programme is in line with the vision of NACIWA,
which seeks to mobilise political support and
necessary resources in order to consolidate anti-
corruption culture within the West African region.
“The Federal Republic of Nigeria is totally committed
to the fight against all forms of corruption,’’ Buhari
said.
According to him, working in collaboration with other
sister agencies across Africa, the EFCC and other anti-
corruption agencies have the task to step up efforts in
the fight against corruption.
“My dear participants, I want you to take away with
you not only the lessons and shared experiences from
this training but the knowledge that Nigeria is able and
willing to lead Africa in the war against corruption.
“I urge you to come up with physical and practical
recommendations that the participating countries can
utilise in addressing our common problems of under-
development and insecurity,” he added.
In his remark, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, the Chairman of
EFCC, said NACIWA was created by anti-corruption
agencies across West Africa to promote coordination
and cooperation among anti-corruption institutions.
He said that training and knowledge sharing was
central to the strategic plans of the network, adding
that continuous capacity building had been pivotal to
the EFCC success story. (NAN)

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