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Expert advises stakeholders to guard against corruption

A former Statistician General of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Dr Yemi Kale, says strong synergy among stakeholders implementing anti-corruption activities would help prevent and block all loopholes that will lead to corruption especially during elections.

Dr Kale, stated this, while delivering a keynote speech at a forum organised by a Civil Society Organization Accountability Lab, in Abuja to honor citizens who have exhibited exemplary conduct in public service.

He explained that Corruption was a formidable enemy of progress that affects every sector of the nation’s economy and called of all stakeholders to redouble efforts towards addressing it.

“The National Anti-Corruption Strategy with the objective of identifying and closing existing gaps in the anti-corruption initiatives currently in place, provides a three-phased approach for implementation in five concurrent pillars”.

“They are : Strengthening the legal and institutional framework designed to prevent and combat corruption, mainstreaming anti-corruption principles into governance and service delivery at national level and safeguarding accountability, transparency and integrity in the management of public property” Kale noted.

Earlier in his remarks, Country Director of Accountability Lab Nigeria, Mr Friday Odey, maintained that for accountability to be sustained politicians should always publish the sources of their campaign funding.

Mr Odeh explained that the move would encourage leadership transparency and accountability in Governance. “Transparency would help to control inappropriate influence on political candidates, and ensure fairness, equality, and accountability in Nigeria’s democracy.”

He also advised politicians resisting the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Registration System (BVAS) for the 2023 elections to desist from such act.”a section of the political class are resisting the use of the BVAS and the INEC have consistently stated that the use of BVAS and IReV have come to stay, it is a direct response to such political class that doesn’t want this technology and the reasons they advance were not tenable”. He said.

Some of the awardees who were recognized for their integrity in service to the public, thanked the organisers of the Integrity Icon Summit and Awards for their consistency in building awareness, sharing knowledge and leading on conversations about accountability and transparency.

Reporting by Julian Osamoto; editing by Daniel Adejo