Steer clear of corruption, Osinbajo, Sagay warn govt officials
ABUJA—Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC, Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, have warned that the federal government would not tolerate any of its official out to sustain corruption in the system. Osinbajo Both noted that the federal government was currently tackling corruption from the top before taking it to the lower cadre level. The duo, who spoke at the breakfast meeting on Rethinking Business Conduct and Practices-A Sustainable Concept to Transforming Nigeria’s Business Eco-System in Abuja yesterday, said the anti-graft war was a head-on fight. Vice President Osinbajo, who was represented by Mr. Ade Ipaye, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, said the federal government was determined to encourage those who planned not to interact, imitate, implement, perpetuate or sustain corruption. Speaking on what the private sector can do to rid the country of corruption, Osinbajo said: “Self-regulatory measure by the private sector is as important as government measures to block all the loop holes that encourage corrupt practices” On the need for an enabling environment, he said: “Government is determined to create systems that ensure that anybody who comes in contact with the government agency, ministry or department will benefit from the corruption-free system.” “When you create an exactly corrupt-free environment for people to transact business with government, the economy and everyone is a winner at the end of the day.’’ He said government would do all within its capabilities to sanitise the business and investment environment He said: “We are not ignorant of the fact that combining the fight against corruption and building a strong economy is not an instant. Last year, we issued an executive order 001, the major objective of it was more transparency and efficiency in the business environment.” Osinbajo stressed that fighting corruption was not something that the government could achieve in a jiffy, adding that it would take time to achieve the feat. On his part, Prof. Sagay stated that government was currently going after high profile persons who enmeshed themselves in corruption. ‘’What government is doing now, it is starting from the top, the big ones, the highly privileged ones, the high profile persons who take billions of naira, millions and hundreds in terms of dollars, those are the ones being dealt with now,’’ he said. According to him, corruption is a norm among the population that it will take time to win the battle against it.