FG’s Anti-graft Agencies Yet To Yield Desired Results, Says Dogara
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said that anti-graft agencies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), established to re enforce the fight against corrupt practices in the country including economic and financial crimes is yet to yielded the much desired result.
Dogara stated this at the public hearing organized by House Committee on Anticorruption, on Thursday, in Abuja.
The hearing was on A Bill for An Act To Amend The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, Cap. 131, Laws Of The Federation of Nigeria, 2000 To Enhance and Strengthen The Commission’s Efficiency, Provide For Forfeiture To Be Made To The Original Sources Of The Crimes and Other Related Matters. (HB 819).
“The importance of this proposed amendment cannot be overemphasized especially with the on-going war against corruption in the country and against the backdrop of the ranking of the country in 2016 as number 136 from among 176 countries by Transparency International (a global civil society organization) and to further entrench the gains already achieved through the efforts of the Commission,” Dogara said.
“I should like to say that impactive punishment is such that deprives the criminal or the wrong doer, the benefit of the fruits of his crime, indeed better still that the punitive consequences should outweigh the anticipated benefits. Again justice is properly served where the incidence of penalty places squarely on the offender. The proposed amendments are directed at fine tuning the extant legislation to achieve some of these objectives.
“On our part, we are committed to ensuring that we provide the requisite legal framework that will enhance the anti-corruption efforts of the present administration because we believe the successful prosecution of the war against corruption is imperative to rapid development as well as elimination of poverty and injustice,” Dogara said.