President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated that except corruption is eradicated, the country will never make meaningful progress in all spheres of human endeavours.
The President who made this known at a one-day summit tagged: Zero Tolerance for Corruption, organized by the agencies of the Federal Ministry Of Transportation in Collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) In Abuja on Monday, said: “we cannot move forward if corruption is not brought to a standstill”.
Furthermore, the President who was represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Mohammed MaigarIi, noted that the theme of the summit is in tandem with the cardinal objective of his administration of blocking leakages by ensuring probity, transparency and accountability in the drive to restablize the economy.
In a statement by the Ministry of Transportation’s Head of Press and Public Relations, Eric Orjiekwe, President Buhari while calling for continued synergy amongst the agencies and stakeholders in the maritime and transport sector, promised that the government will continue to ensure that measures necessary to improve the economy will continue to be implemented, adding that Nigeria has all it takes, human and material resources to be a great nation.
Also speaking, the Honourable Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemi Saraki noted that corruption is a global phenomenon and that the Federal Ministry of Transportation has tried to contain it by deploying the Ports Support Services Portal (PSSP), and the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) which are not only valuable tools in the ease of doing business but minimize the need of human contact, thereby reducing the prevalence of corruption.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Acting Chairman, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, enjoined all to join in the fight against corruption if it must be won, adding that all should become EFCC wherever they find themselves.
He further disclosed that the recent conviction of the former governor of Abia State, to a term of 12 years imprisonment after 12 years of legal battle brings to three former governors that have been convicted on corruption charges. The others are: Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye of Taraba and Plateau state respectively.
Other dignitaries present at the the occasion include: Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Minister Of Communication, Dr. Isa Ibrahim, Directors and Heads of agencies of the Ministry of Transportation among others.
The highlight of the occasion was the unveiling of the EFCC book on curbing electoral spending, reviewed by former Chairman, INEC, Prof, Attahiru Jega.