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Court Grants Former FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed N500m Bail

An Abuja High court on Friday, May 12, granted N500 million bail to a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed.

Recall that the court had on Wednesday, remanded the former Minister in in Kuje Maximum Prison over a seven (7) count charge bordering on bribery and false asset declaration in the sum of N864 million and properties in Abuja and Kaduna leveled against him by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

According to the anti-graft agency, Mr. Mohammed accepted N550 million in gratification from the Aso Savings and Loans Ltd, in respect of house 2599 and 2600 Cadastral Zone AO4, Asokoro, Abuja sometime in 2014.

The anti-graft agency said the former FCT Minister lied to Detective Ishaya Daudu of the Economic Governance Section of the Commission on October 24, 2016 while making a statement that the house was acquired through the bank’s mortgage loan.

On the said date, Mr. Mohammed also failed to make full disclosure in an EFCC asset declaration form about property No 54 Mike Akhigbe Street, Jabi Abuja and declared “property at Angwan Sarki, Kaduna state as undeveloped plot whereas it is a fully built house.”

According to the EFCC, Mr. Mohammed falsely claimed in his asset declaration form that the property: CITEC Kwara House 5 A9 Street, Mbora, Abuja FCT belonging to one Abubakar Abdu Mohammed was his.

EFCC also alleged that Mr. Mohammed falsely claimed in his asset declaration form that the property: CITEC Kwara House 5 A9 Street, Mbora, Abuja FCT belonging to one Abubakar Abdu Mohammed was his.

According to the EFCC, Bala also “used his position as chairman Board of Aso Savings to confer corrupt and undue advantage to himself, by allocating four numbers fully detached duplexes and 11 numbers semi-detached duplexes valued at N314 million only through the Presidential Taskforce on Sale of Governments Houses.”

The former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory however pleaded not guilty to the seven (7) count charge bordering on bribery and false asset declaration in the sum of N864 million and properties in Abuja and Kaduna leveled against him by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC. Presiding judge, Justice Abubakar Talba had adjourned the matter till May 12 (today) for ruling on the application for bail.

Justice Talba had also ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the determination of the bail application. At the resumption of proceedings today, Justice Abubakar Talba granted the defendant N500 million bail with two sureties in like sum.

The presiding judge also ordered the defendant to deposit his international passport with the Court registrar.

Aledeh

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Ambode Launches Free Public WiFi

Lagos State government yesterday launched free public Wi-Fi at parks and gardens in its resolve to achieve its smart mega city status.

The initiative was kick-started at popular Ndubuisi Kkanu Park,Alausa, Ikeja, while others are expected to follow suit, according to the state government.

The launch of the initiative is part of activities to mark the 50 year anniversary of the creation of the state.

Speaking on the occasion, the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said the provision of the free Wi-Fi was part of his administration’s effort to make the state work for all and sundry.

Represented by the state Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mr. Olufemi Odubiyi, the governor stressed that the increased in patronage of parks and gardens spread across the state has prompted the government to equip the centres with free Wi-Fi to serve the needs of visitors to the parks.

“Parks and Gardens are established to provide conducive environment for recreation and relaxation activities. As you relax and enjoy the recreational facilities in these parks, we are making it possible for you to access your mail, browse and search the internet on your tablets, smart phones and laptops via a reliable public Wi-Fi,”Ambode said, adding that the number of gardens and parks in the state has increased with the opening of the Badagry Recreation Park, recently.

A statement endorsed by the Chief Public Affairs Officer, Ministry of Science and Technology, Bolarinwa Yusuf, explained that the governor urged the people of the state to make judicious use of the newly launched portal known as “Citizens Gate”, a platform designed by the government to bridge the communication gap between the citizens and the government.

The Nation

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Islamic Cleric To Face Prosecution For Insulting Emir Sanusi

A renowned cleric, Shiek Nasiru Bazallah, has been arraigned by the Nigeria Police before a Kano Magistrate Court for allegedly insulting the Emir of Kano, Mallam Lamido Sanusi, with the intent to provoke a breach of peace.

The prosecution alleged that the cleric incited disturbance and attempted to defame the character of the monarch, contrary to Section 114, 392 and 399 of the penal code.

First Information Report stated that on May 8, 2017 Emir Sanusi lodged a complaint to the Kano State Commissioner of Police, alleging that the defendant, on March 20, 2017, acted in a manner which defamed the monarch’s character.

Furthermore, the report alleged that the Islamic scholar gathered his adherents at Goron Dutse quarters, where he made statements to incite disturbance and defame the monarch.

But the defendant said the allegations levelled against him were false, urging the court to admit him to bail.

However, police prosecutor, Inspector Haziel Ledapwa, informed the court that police investigation was still in progress.

In his ruling, the presiding magistrate, Hassan Fagge, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1m, including two reliable sureties.

He ruled that the two sureties must be directors at any federal ministry.

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Take Your Igbo Presidency Away From Us, MASSOB Tells Odigie-Oyegun

“The Igbo elite should understand this. MASSOB does not believe in any political party in Nigeria. We believe in the freedom of Biafra and not the campaign for the Presidency to come to a person from Igbo extraction.”The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra has disagreed with the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, over his statement on Igbo presidency.

Odigie-Oyegun had, last week in Enugu, while calling on the people of the South-East to vote for the APC, said the party would guarantee their quest for an Igbo president.

But MASSOB’s National Director of Information, Mr. Sunday Okereafor, described Odigie-Oyegun’s statement as laughable, stating that the Igbo were not interested in Nigeria’s presidency.

Okereafor, who spoke with The PUNCH in a telephone interview on Thursday, explained that MASSOB was neither interested in the APC nor the Peoples Democratic Party, adding that the movement’s struggle was for the Igbo to have a sovereign nation.

He claimed that Nigeria had never planned to have an Igbo man or woman as the President of the country, wondering why the APC national chairman would make such a statement.

Okereafor recalled that former Igbo leader, the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, and the ex-governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, spent a lot of their resources trying to become the president of the country to no avail.

He added, “The claim by the APC national chairman that the party will use Igbo Presidency to finally kill the PDP in the South-East is laughable. Nigeria has never had Igbo presidency in its agenda. So, Igbo man can never be President in Nigeria in 500 years.

“The Igbo elite should understand this. MASSOB does not believe in any political party in Nigeria. We believe in the freedom of Biafra and not the campaign for the Presidency to come to a person from Igbo extraction.”

Punch

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Governor Builds Hotel With $3m Paris Club Refund Cash

Detectives have traced $ 3 million of the controversial London-Paris Club loan refund  to a governor, The Nation learnt yesterday.

The cash is believed to be part of the N19billion illegally deducted from the refund by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), according to Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) sources.

The cash has been found in  the account of a member of the House of Representatives who got it through a  proxy, the lawmaker’s brother. Both were not available for comments.

The  $3million is being spent on building a 100-room hotel in Lagos, which the governor may forfeit to the Federal Government.

Also, the EFCC has placed a restriction on N8billion and $80million in the naira and dollar accounts of the NGF.

The Presidency has released N1. 266.44trillion to the 36 states in the past one year. The cash includes N713.70billion special intervention funds to states.

Following protests by states against over deduction for external debt service between 1995 and 2002, President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the release of N522.74 billion (first tranche) to states as refund pending reconciliation of records.

Each state was entitled to a cap of N14.5 billion being 25% of the amounts claimed.

The Nation

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Nigerian Appointed Acting President UN General Assembly

Nigerian was on Thursday appointed as the Acting President to preside over the 81st Plenary Meeting of UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters.

The Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria’s Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, presided over the 193-member body.

NAN reports that Bande’s presidency at the Plenary Meeting  happened just nine days after he presented his credentials to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

Nigeria was appointed one of the 21 Vice Presidents of the General Assembly on June 13, 2016 at the 71st session of the General Assembly.

NAN reports that Bande presided over the General Assembly following the absence of the President of the Assembly, Peter Thomson, who was on an official travel to the Central African Republic.

NAN also reports that the opportunity for Nigeria to preside over the 193-member body became possible following the assumption of duty of the country’s Permanent Representative.

Bande had told NAN that the goodwill Nigeria enjoyed since his assumption of duty last week was an indications that the international community had keenly awaited the appointment of Nigeria’s ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN more than a year after the last ambassador completed her assignment and returned home.

“I intend to leverage on this and continue to leverage on Nigeria’s image in positive light,” Bande said.

NAN reports that the 81st Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly under Nigeria’s Acting Presidency, considered three reports.

The first report was ‘Appointment of Members of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Question: report of the Fifth Committee’, including the appointment of Mr Olivier Myard of France as a member of the committee from May 11, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2019.

The second report was ‘Appointment of Members of the Committee on Contributions: report of the Fifth Committee’, with the appointment of Ms Zhang Wei of China as a member beginning May 11 2017 and ending Dec. 31, 2017.

The third report considered was the ‘Organisation of Work, Adoption of the Agenda and Allocation of Items: Appointment of Members of the International Civil Service Commission: report of the Fifth Committee’, with the appointment of Mr Vladimir Storozhev of the Russian Federation as a member effective May 11, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2020.

Bande, subsequently, after the consideration of the three reports and recommendations, adjourned the Plenary Meeting.

Daily Trust

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Gov. El-Rufai Pledges To Appoint More Women In Govt

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday pledged to appoint more women into his government.

El-Rufai made the pledge in Kaduna at the 2nd Women Economic Empowerment Summit, with the theme: Enabling access and participation; Linking women to Resources.

The News Agency of Nigeria [NAN] reports that the governor had already appointed three women as commissioners, while the state Head of Service is also a woman.
El-Rufai said his administration appreciates the important role women play in the development of the state.

He urged the women to develop a road map to guide the government in addressing the challenges facing them.

According to him, the government had established  gender desk in all Ministries Departments and Agencies in the state to address women issues.

He announced that the government plans to set up the Kaduna State Peace Commission and would appoint a woman as Executive Vice Chairman.

NAN reports that the bill to establish the Peace  Commission is currently before the state House of Assembly awaiting approval.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Hafsat Baba said the success of the first women summit informed the hosting of another one to tackle challenges already identified.

” The ministry believes that access to timely information is of great importance to women businesses and empowerment.

” The summit is planned to explore knowledge, information technology and social linkages to enable women participate as full and informed players in the business environment.

“We have deliberately invited men and women from different professions  and sectors to this summit to advise us on various areas we can work together for gender mainstreaming and social inclusion in our dear state, ” Baba said.

The commissioner commended development partners and advocacy groups that facilitated the summit.

NAN reports that the summit was supported by Enhancing Nigerian Advocacy for Better Business Environment (ENABLE2), Synagos Nigeria,  UNILIVER and Power Oil.

Meanwhile, the summit has set up eight syndicate groups to develop roadmap to tackle gender challenges from different business sectors including Agriculture, Education, Health, Governance, Commerce, Security and ICT.

 

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Oro Festival vs Lagos @50: a Lugubrious Show of Absurdity By Yusuf Jimoh

Just few days, I wrote to applaud the ingenuity of the Lagos State Governor in ameliorating the  conditions of Lagosians, I had thought it would take a while before the dark side of this government would hover on our peaceful consciousness.

But Alas, the emergence of the notorious Oro Festival, usually held twice within a month in Ikorodu town is indeed a big dent and constitute a worrisome development.

The “Oro” rituals in Ikorodu has violated and still continuously violates the freedom of women. This is not only immoral to any rectitude Lagos state ever claims to project, it also constitutes a big devastation to any respect the Center of Excellence may claim to have for women’s rights.

No doubt, Lagos State has come of age as it celebrates 50 but the horrendous violation of fundamental human rights of women, conspicuously happening under the ‘scrupulous’ watch and criminal silence of the State government is a huge ‘massacre’, a strong retrogressive wheel driving the Commercial Hub of West Africa into pre-colonial era!

The other day, Lagos state was quick to claim media attention by outrightly kicking against the action of a ‘club-guy’ parading women on chains like dogs on Lagos streets. In fact, one of the news agencies wrote that the governor ordered the guy’s arrest.

While the government said it did so to continue to protect women’s rights, it beats the imagination of every sane citizen that the same proactive government, headed by Wonder Boy – Akinwunmi Ambode has continuously kept mute on the atrocities the Ikorodu ritual vampires are unleashing on the liberty of innocent women. This is a feat Ogun State has achieved few years ago under Governor Ibikunle Amosun.

Governor Ambode’s progress in Lagos has been characterised with very distinctive successes. I have always applauded it. But what is the essence of a good governance that violates basic human rights and universally granted freedom? Does Lagos subscribe to selective judgment on violators of peace and freedom of people?

Or why, in a civilised and sane society will women be locked away from the outside world – from Friday evening only to be released on Sunday morning. Why will they be locked in from Wednesday evening only to be released on Friday morning. Why will businesses and essential services (banks, hospitals, markets, supermarkets, farms etc) be shut for about 36 hours just because some miscreants wants to bath naked, walk naked and cane themselves naked in the public, but without the presence of women.

The Oro ritualists’ violation of the freedom of our women in Ikorodu is as worse as Boko Haram’s many violations on our women in the Northern part of the country.

Ikorodu indigenes are part of the most civilised Nigerians. Aside the Isale Ekos and the Epetedos, the Ikorodus arguably wield the most influence in Lagos State. They are the most traveled Nigerians, constituting the largest black population in the UK and many other European countries. But how this exposure has not imparted on their dark age adherence to Oro festivities remains puzzling to many men and women of civility and sanity.

This is perhaps the best and most opportune time for the legal luminaries and right activities to prove their mettle.

Unfortunately, it seems Lagos State is watching gleefully with what can best be described as Criminal Silence. Isn’t this a  shame @50?

Yusuf Jimoh Aweda is the Director of Centre of Human Rectitude and member of TRNG Writers Club.

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The Broken Woman: Stranger Things By Blossom Obi

I stood there in shock as the doctor related my condition to me. Tears rolled down my cheek and for split seconds, I felt my throat tighten and the walls began to close in on me; my knees started to give way as I slowly fell to the ground.

The day of my cancer operation was due and my husband Chike whom we took solemn vows together: in sickness and in health and other related words that went with that statement. He was selfish and I understood that, but he had decided no amount of communication was going to make him come to see me as he saw nothing wrong with himself.

I was having one of my breast removed as a result of the cancer that had eaten deep into my system, so yes I needed all the support I could get. The process took a long while.

Some weeks had passed and still Chike hadn’t come to the hospital once. We had only a son whose presence became even when he just little. I felt very bad and depressed because I couldn’t place why on earth he didn’t come. Eventually I was discharged from the hospital and he didn’t even know that I was coming home that day or maybe he did, maybe our little boy had told him.

I held our little boy by hand as we strolled in and found him watching a football match; the surprise on his face meant two things and I wasn’t sure of one; was he surprised that I survived and was back much better or it could be that he wasn’t ready to see me. To me, we weren’t having problems; we were just fine or at least that was what I thought.

Sometimes we just have to embrace the situation at hand and transform it for the better. This might look quite challenging but not impossible, it’s like the saying life threw stones at you and you make a stone castle out of them.

Yes this person was supposed to be there in this case; Chike was supposed to be there, but he wasn’t.

Life doesn’t end; deal with what you’re feeling; embrace what you’re feeling; transform it and use it to find yourself. Create a well of positive emotions around you.

FREEDOM IN DEATH

I was so tired of all that was happening, I’ve been ill for so long it feels like a lifetime. In fact everybody at some point was expecting me to just die off, having spent a lot of resources on my ailment and still no improvement. I didn’t blame them because I was also tired of my state.

The unending pain I felt in my body would not give way, so there I was lying down and wishing that life would slowly drift out of me. Since I was a waste of space, why shouldn’t I just pass and give room for someone else with greater importance.

All these, I thought to myself as I closed my eyes and called on death to come take me. At least where he’d take me to my body won’t go through any traumatizing pain. I’d be free.


STRONGER; THE REAL YOU

We often forget that it’s our challenges that make life exciting and then there’s a reality and value check of the things we have and the things we do not. This valuation in turn makes us grateful for the little we have. There’s always someone out there whose case is much worse than yours and you even find them more excited and at ease.

There’s nothing wrong with feeling like giving up; that’s what makes us human. Seeing a stronger you is like waking to see the whole world wanting to hear your story and be inspired by your very living situation.

So rise! Rise like the army inside of you as the chains of what you’re feeling give way for a new feeling of hope and wholeness that should surround you, the real you.

When all you feel is lost and miserable, know that you are at the defining moment where you should stand and fight with the army inside of you, because you have always been stronger and just didn’t know it. Now you know it,  you have that power to push, push till there are no more dark clouds; push for hope; push for life; push for you. That’s what matters

Blossom Obi writes from Owerri, Imo State. For comments and responses, reach her via obiblossom8@gmail.com

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Gov. Ganduje Assures Out-Going Local Government Chairmen Of Assistance

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has promised that the out-going local government chairmen and councilors in the state would remain relevant in the scheme of affairs in the state.
“We will not abandon you. We will make sure you are carried along in our party and in governance. We are happy working with you and your contribution will not go in vain”, the governor stated.
He made the remark during a dinner organized in the state capital by the out-going local government chairmen, councilors, secretaries and supervisory councilors in the state, whose tenure ends on May 29, this year.
Dr. Ganduje, who described local administration as tough in view of the closeness of the local leaders to the grassroots noted that managing the local government councils at a time of dwindling resources was very challenging.
The governor, who noted that the out-going local government officials had contributed their quota to the development of their localities, urged them to remain committed to the advancement of their communities as they prepare to turn a new leaf in their political career.
He thanked them for their loyalty to his administration, which he said resulted in giant strides in the socio-economic development of the state in only two years.
The Speaker, Kano state House of Assembly, Kabiru Alhassan Rurum who dwelt on the relationship between the state government and local administrations in Kano advised the state government to pay the severance package of the out-going council officials.
“I want to use this medium to mandate the executive arm of government to pay the dues of the chairmen and the councilors. Even if the state government does not have the money now, I want to advise it should borrow and settle your dues once and for all”, the Speaker asserted.
The state chairman, ALGON Comrade Mukhari explained that the reception was organized to give glory to Allah for a successful tenure, saying despite the fact that the country faced economic recession, the local government councils in the state had a worthwhile three-year tenure.
Comrade Ishaq, who is the out-going chairman of Kano Municipal Council, praised Governor Ganduje for assisting local administrations to pay the salaries of workers and for embarking on the modernization of narrow streets and pathways in Kano metropolis, under a programme tagged “Lunguna Kal Kal”, describing it as a major landmark.
The state APC Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas and the National ALGON President, Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmed Karaye were among personalities who spoke during the occasion, which was attended by local government chairman councilors, party leaders and leaders from the 44 local government areas of the state.
Highlights of the occasion include presentation of gifts to the Governor Ganduje and musical performances by artistes.
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SDGs Office/Kano State Govt. Train 7, 000 Youths On ICT

The Office of Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Sustain­able Development Goals (SDGs) in collaboration with Kano state government have sponsored 7,000 youths to undergo a one-day training on digital skills.
The training, conducted at six centers in the state, was conducted by Google, through their vendor, Mind-the-Gap Foundation, underthe theme “Diversifying the Nigerian Economy: Enabling Youth Through Digital Skills Training”.
Declaring the training open at the Coronation Hall Cnter, the Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who declared the training session open said the pro­gramme was designed to empower youths to become self-reliant and re­alize their full potentials in a world that is ICT driven.
“This programme, which is in collaboration with the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on sustainable Development Goals, is part of our determination at re-invigorating the business environment which illustrates the strategic focus on this endeavour”, he pointed out.
In addition, he stated that his administration is working with the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment for the implementation of the federal government Special Intervention Project, known as N-Power, aimed at creating job opportunities and wealth creation among our teeming unemployed youths.
“Part of the motive for or­ganizing the empowerment programme is to get rid of poverty, upgrade Kano youths for them to contend with their contemporaries from other climes. We hope that this will accord them the knowledge with which to shun anti societal vic­es and engage themselves in meaning and productive ventures”, he stated.
He maintained that on its part, the state government has initiated several empowerment programmes aimed at making youths in the state employable and employers of labour, thereby adding value to the economy.
“The government of Kano state is also constructing a multi-billion naira Integrated Skill Acquisition Centre along Zaria Road in the state with a view to filling in the gaps in the trades and services such as electric wiring, plumbing, mechanics, and masonry etc, offered in the state which requires citizens’ participation”, he pointed out.
The Senior Special Assis­tant to President Buhari on SDG’s, Princess Adejoke Orelope Ad­efulire, represented by Alhaji Waziri Laminu announced that the programme aims to “train over 125,000 Nigeria youth across the country, on digital skills ranging from content creation, digital strategy, web design, social media to application development”, adding that Kano was allotted the highest number of 7,000 due to the strategic importance.
She, therefore, enjoined beneficiaries of the programme to take advantage of the training to establish a career in the digital space, boost their businesses online, and acquire new skills that will open up new job opportunities.
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AGF Abubakar Malami Commend Efforts On Preventive Measures On Corrupt Practices Recovery Of Looted Assets

The Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, has stated that the present administration has undertaken preventive measures against corrupt practices  and has put a lot of efforts in the recovery of looted, carted and stashed asset both home and abroad.

This is contained in a press statement issued to newsmen on Thursday by Comrade Salihu Othman Isah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Isah said the AGF disclosed this in his welcome address delivered at the United Nations Convention Against Corruption Peer Review of Nigeria by Myanmar and Cote D’Ivoire on Wednesday May 10, 2017 in Abuja.

”I am sincerely pleased to welcome you to this country visit which is an integral part of the review process. The two chapters under review in this cycle i.e. Chapters 2 and 5 (Preventive Measures and Asset Recovery) are key areas of focus of the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari who remains committed to the fight against corruption”, the AGF informed.

Malami reiterated that in the fight against corruption, Nigeria has put in place various policies with a view to ensuring sanity in all sectors. These policies amongst others includes: National Policy on Justice Sector Reform, National Policy on Bureau of Public Service Reform and the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, which was recently validated and adopted and also in the process of receiving approval of the Federal Executive Council in order to perfect it as a working document.

He appreciated the fact that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) which is the Secretariat for the implementation, has put a lot of efforts in the peer review process, especially in the development of the omnibus software for the self-assessment checklist.

The Minister explained that Nigeria is not new in the review process, particularly for its consistence with guidelines because it has successfully passed through the first cycle as a reviewed and reviewer country.

Speaking with the media, the Focal Person of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), Tukur Modibbo, stated that the fight against corruption is very crucial in any democratic process and not only to democracy but also crucial to development issues of any country.

He noted that dividend of democracy and the benefits from the government cannot get to the people without fighting corruption, more especially in public affairs, stressing that corruption has the tendency and capacity to impede and create barrier between the government and the people.

Modibbo further explained that the review process, though done in line with the UNCAC, is to see Nigeria’s level of compliance with certain global best practices as far as institutional framework and implementation are concern.

He however said that  the benefits of the review is mutual and non-adversarial, so that countries could be rated but does not mean that, is to apply sanctions but meant to share mutual experience and the core observation of the lapses in each other’s system.

In her remarks, the Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Officer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Jennifer Sarvary Bradford explained that the fight against corruption is long and that it takes a lot of efforts, perseverance.

She described it as an anchor, saying; that is the beauty of the review mechanism.

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