Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says there is no reason why any Nigerian should give bribe to law enforcement agents whether for obtaining drivers licenses, passports or to clear goods at the ports.
Prof Osinbajo spoke on Tuesday in Abuja while declaring open the anti-corruption conference tagged “Collaborative Approach to Eradicating the Evils of Corruption in Nigeria.’’
The conference was organised by the Office of the Vice President and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC.
Quoting Price water house Coopers, Osinbajo said Nigeria’s 2030 Gross Domestic Product, GDP, could be up to 534 billion dollars higher if it reduced corruption.
He said it did not matter how much revenue a country made or how transformative its plans were; corruption would ensure that the majority of the people did not benefit from it or simply truncate the plan.
According to him, in spite the highest oil revenues in Nigeria’s history, debt doubled and poverty figures rose as a result of corruption.
He said that the administration was not slightly deluded into thinking that it had won the battle against corruption as it was tackling grand corruption first.
Prof Osinbajo said that the enforcement of Treasury Single Account, TSA, the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, and even ensuring that most civil servants were on the IPPIS electronic platform had helped greatly to control official theft of public funds.
The Vice president said that the judiciary also moved the needle in recent times.
He said that it was in recognition of the enormity of corruption that President Muhammadu Buhari set up PACAC in 2015.
Prof Osinbajo said that PACAC deserved commendation not just for its sterling, innovative contributions to the fight against corruption, but for regularly setting the agenda for important conversations on the subject.
On his part, PACAC’s Chairman, Prof. Itse Sagay, said information and intelligence sharing among anti-corruption and security agencies was critical in the fight against corruption.
He said that the Sept. 11 attack in New York and the recent attack in Sri Lanka were all blamed of security agencies who failed to act on or share intelligence.
He said that the justification for the roundtable was contained in the summary of the outcome.
Prof Sagay said it was observed that information at the disposal of various intelligence units in the country was not shared in a systematic and pragmatic manner to assist the fight against corruption and other related national security threats.
He said the gaps were identified as setback in the fight against corruption.
Heads of various anti-corruption agencies whose operations are affected by corruption attended the event