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PMB- Government transactions will be open

Written by Basirat Memudu

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that no government financial transactions will be done in the secret.

President Buhari at the passing out parade

He gave this assurance in Kaduna during the Passing Out Parade of Detective Inspector Course Five, of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission -EFCC

According to President Buhari, the objective of this administration is to institute a level of transparency in governance through mainly information technology platforms just as advanced democracies and some developing countries.

The President noted that within a short period, citizens would be able to follow core government operations on line.

He maintained that the reforms are deepened such that there will be no hiding place for corrupt persons and proceeds of corruption.

The President said his aim is to ensure that no government financial transaction is done in secret and all are subjected to public scrutiny.

President Muhammad Buhari commended the efforts of EFCC in making the war against corruption effective.

He explained that Executive Orders, such as Preservation of Suspicious Assets Connected with Corruption (Executive Order 6), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) Act 2018; and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 2018 have been operating for a few years and effectively limiting system opportunities for corrupt practices.

President Buhari said the administration’s war against corruption is also attracting international endorsements:

In his words, Our fight against corruption is being recognized by the international community as real and effective. The face of the country abroad is also changing as the international community is beginning to see Nigeria making substantial progress in the enthronement of transparency, accountability and good governance.

He also expressed his happiness that EFCC is making steady progress by the recruitment, training and deployment of a special force of 665 cadets to its zonal offices within the past two years.

In his remarks, the EFCC acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu said the Commission on its part is currently developing its Statement of Strategy for 2020 to 2025, in line with the five pillars of National Anti Corruption Strategy which preceded by an earlier strategic plan that was successfully implemented.

He explained that the commission with the support of development partners has built one of the best investigative laboratories in West Africa which has aided investigators and prosecutors in achieving accuracy and deployment of incontrovertible evidence in courts.

The Acting Chairman of the Commission also identified communication as key to the overall success of the organisation’s activities.

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