FG Presents Scorecard in Fight against Corruption

Ripples from the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index Report 2012, which ranked Nigeria as the 35th most corrupt nation out of 176 countries surveyed has forced the President Goodluck Jonathan government to release what could be described as the scorecard of the administration in its fight against corruption. Also, the presidency has described the Transparency International report as a wake up call for the Jonathan administration to increase the tempo in stemming corrupt practices in the country.

Reeling out details of the administration’s crusade against graft, the Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe listed what the president has done quietly in the oil subsidy scheme, pension, power and electoral reforms, and in the management and distribution of fertilizer that have eliminated inefficiency, corruption and instituted fundamental institutional reforms.

Okupe said: “The Jonathan administration has uncovered fraud through the detection and deletion of over 73,000 ghost/fake pensioners from the Head of Service/Police Pension Office; recovery and saving over N225 billion from the two pension offices; capturing the biometric data of over 170,000 pensioners; halting the monthly theft of over N4 billion from the national treasury; reducing fraud by saving over N500 million monthly through the police pension releases, which represents 50 per cent of the N1 billion disbursed monthly in the past; and the discovery of over 50,000 unpaid pensioners and immediate payment of their entitlements.”

Also, Okupe said that the Federal Government discovered a fraud of over N2.7 billion by the Nigeria Union of Pensioners and the seizure of about 200 properties, including choice hotels and cash worth billions of naira from corrupt public officials. This, he said, had led to the arrest and on-going prosecution of pension fraud suspects by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as well as the introduction of a more efficient tamper-proof pension funds management system.

According to the president’s aide, “I must add that the pension reform resulted in a reduction in recurrent expenditure, as the sum of N74 billion was factored into the 2013 budget from funds recovered by the Task Team.”



2 thoughts on “FG Presents Scorecard in Fight against Corruption

  1. There is no doubt that President Goodluck Jonathan has done a lot to stem the tide of corruption since he came into power. It is very clear that he abhors corruption but The confusion here is that those who were accused of one corruption or the other are seen walking the streets freely as if nothing was done.

    In some cases you see the very persons once alleged to have been involved in corrupt practices being the one speaking and defending Government stance on corruption. It does not command the confidence of the Public. Anybody accused whether directly of remotely should keeep clear no matter his/ her status in government until exonerated by court of competent jurisdiction.

    Dr. Doyin Okupe’s ( The President Special Assistant of Public Affairs) defense and choice of words particularly as it affect the case of Honourable Minister of works was not satisfactory. Why should the words “I THINK” be used in a matter he should be speaking with 100% certainty realizing he was addressing a very sensitive matter before the world press.

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