Corruption fight must be efficient and effective – DSP Ekweremadu
The Deputy senate President Chief Ike Ekweremadu has urged the government to ensure that the fight against graft was not selective, a witch-hunt and must be seen to be effective and efficient.
Ekweremadu made the remarks yesterday at plenary while commenting on a point of order raised by Senator Chukwuka Utazi from Enugu state.
The point of order according to Senator Utazi, was to reinstate total support and partnership of the National Assembly to the fight against corruption in Nigeria.
“We may recall that African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption was adopted on July 11, 2003 in Maputo Mozambique. Consequently, the Executive Council of the African Union designated July 11 of every year as the African Day against Corruption much like the United Nations dedicated Dec. 9 of every year as International Anti-Corruption Day.
“It has estimated that every year about 1trillion dollars is paid in bribes while an estimated 2.6 trillion is stolen annually through Corruption which is an equivalent of more than five per cent of the global GDP,’ Utazi said.
The deputy senate president however said the fight against corruption must not be selective nor subject to media trial.
“Because he came under Order 43, it is not open to debate. We thank Sen. Utazi for bringing this up and for the work himself and his committee is doing to ensure that the fight against corruption remains focused.
“I believe that all of us and every responsible citizen of Africa will continue to support the government of the respective countries to ensure that they have legislations and processes to reduce corruption to the barest minimum,” he said.