ANEEJ  Seeks Joint Action for Passage of Pending Anti-corruption Bills


Civil Society Groups and  other critical stakeholders  have been charged to step up  advocacies individually and collectively for the speedy passage of the pending anti-corruption bills by the National Assembly.


This was the agreement of the participants at the end of  the two-day  workshop organised by the African Nework for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) for CSOs and Media on Anti corruption and Inclusive Reforms in Abuja,the nations Federal Capital.


ANEEJ  Executive Director ,Revrend David Ugolo reminded the participants that one of the mandates of the CSOs is to prevent corrupt acts and ensure system review. Amongst the  pending bills are on Witness Protection and Proceeds of Crime .


Government is also advised to shun all acts and executive pronouncement that could rubbish the gains  in the anti corruption fight in Nigeria.


Decrying the recent executive pardon granted to two former governors, ANEEJ posited that such action could discourage foreign development partners  from  supporting good   governance and  the anti corruption advocacy in Nigeria.


It also  called for proper corruption risk assessment  and integrity test for the office of the Accountant General by the ICPC  to forestall recurrence of the alleged  sleece.


The organisation commended the Federal Government’s commitment to enacting anti-corruption laws ,particularly  the recent  signing  into law  by President Muhammadu Buhari of three bills aimed at improving the anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing/proliferation financing framework in Nigeria.


The bills are the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Bill, 2022, and the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Bill, 2022.

The NGO also urged their members “to adopt workable strategies by using date based researches in their advocacies and partnering  government agencies rather than been confrontational”.

ANEEJ listed  some gaps in the anti corruption  reforms to include,  lack of  statutory mechanism  for whistle blower and witness protection in Nigeria and  that the Code of conduct bureau does not allow public declaration of assets.

In his presentation on Anti-corruption commitments and reforms in Nigeria the  Chief Operating Officer ,Community Empowerment for Youths and Women Initiative ,Lukman Adefolahan disclosed that “Nigeria has over 30 government agencies saddled with anti corruption mandate”. He listed them to include EFCC,ICPC,SON ,NAFDAC and NDLEA

The anti- corruption promoter also hinted that Nigeria remains the only country repartraiting looted assets in the world  adding that this was made possible with supports of the CSOs.

While calling for the establhment of a central body for the management  recovered or forfeited assets ,Lukman called for full implementation of the existing anti corruption laws .

He cautioned government against weakening the anti corruption agency  through undue political  interference stressing that ” government can deal with the head of any institution found to be aiding corrupt practices without necessarily  attacking the insitution.

Lukman therefore called for the establishment of a platform for sharing information  amongst the agencies saddled with anti corruption  mandate stressing that such would reduce duplication of duties.

While urging the CSOs to be alive their social responbility, he alleged that most fraudulent acts are being perpetrated during the procurement.

He also tasked the anti corruption institutions to check the menace of seized properties/ items many of which do rot away in their custody.

Lukman however maintain anti corruption fight could not becssud to be successful if itfues not bring benefit to the  ordinary Nigerians.


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