The anti-corruption convention has gained near-universal recognition.
The General Assembly of the United Nations announced the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption on October 31, 2003 and requested the designation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as secretariat for the Conference of States Parties of the Convention (resolution 58/4). The adoption of this anti-corruption convention has gained commitment from 188 parties encouraging an almost universal recognition of the significance of good governance, political commitment and accountability.
December 9 has been declared as International Anti-Corruption Day for the purpose of raising awareness of corruption and enlightening the public concerning the role of the Convention towards combating and preventing corruption. By doing so, commemoration of this day ensures promotion, facilitation and support of international cooperation and technical assistance to prevent and fight against corruption. Likewise, promotion of effective management of public affairs and public property, accountability and integrity are assured as affirmed by the Convention.
Nigeria ranked 154th in 2021 Transparency International Corruption Index.
Corruption is a regular phenomenon is Nigeria which has ranked the country as 154th in the 180 countries listed in Transparency International’s Corruption Index in 2021. According to the 2021 Index, South Sudan ranked 180th, being the most corrupt country while Denmark was the least corrupt country. Since 1960 till 2012, Nigeria has lost an estimation of more than $400 billion to corruption. Corruption in Nigeria includes petty bribery, embezzlement, money laundering schemes, contract fraud and many more.
In Nigeria, corruption is visible in different phases with vote rigging in elections by dubious political parties as one of the most prominent phases. There is also dominance of family loyalties and business arrangements in governmental positions which ensures politicians, officials, family members and business associates – the ruling elite – become wealthy all together through private agreements and awarding profitable contracts. It was also discovered in 2018 that many government officials had annual salaries in excess of $1million.
“Your NO Counts” campaign raises awareness against corruption.
To commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day, there is usually an organization of the “Your NO Counts” campaign – a joint international campaign established by the United Nations Development and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. The campaign is designed with the purpose of raising awareness concerning corruption and measures on how to fight it. In 2009, the international campaign raised awareness on how corruption impedes efforts towards achievement of the internationally agreed upon Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The 2022 International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) looks towards bridging the gap between anti-corruption, peace, development and security. The international day emphasizes the need to tackle corruption as the right and obligation which can be successfully overcome only through cooperation and involvement of persons and institutions. It also asserts that the fight against the negative impact of corruption depends solely on the roles government officials, law enforcement officers, the private sector, states, youth, academia, civil servant, media representatives and the public have to play.
UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World Against Corruption.
Marking the Year 2022 IACD also signifies the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of UNCAC. The theme of International Anti-Corruption Day, “UNCAC at 20: Uniting the World Against Corruption” reflects efforts made towards celebrating the UNCAC anniversary. In 2023, IACD, in partnership with institutions worldwide would look back to a world made better through collective push sponsored by the Convention and bridging necessary gaps to ensure the achievements become a really strong mechanism to withstand future years. Marking 2022 IACD and UNCAC at 20, the United Nations enjoins the world to assist in building a world #UnitedAgainstCorruption.
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Corruption has eaten so deep into Nigeria system from bribery,fraudulent acts, embezzlement,money laundering making us ranked 154th in the world such a disgrace and more awareness needs be done about your NO counts strategy will also go a long way.
The anti corruption convention should be domesticated into our laws too. We need to have enough substantive laws in place to tackle the imminent and prevalent issue of poverty in our country.
The campaign’s goal is to increase public awareness of corruption and strategies for combating it. Corruption ruins a nation; it should be heavily combated
The international day places emphasis on the need to combat corruption as a duty and right that can only be accomplished by collaboration and participation from individuals and institutions.
Corruption has affected our country. Corruption in Nigeria includes petty bribery, embezzlement etc…“Your NO Counts” campaign to raise awareness against corruption is vital
Uniting the World Against Corruption is very important too.
I have one striking question can you simply eradicate corruption from Nigeria? As you can, it is very difficult to do so. It is in Nigeria that you see a group is fighting corruption but later you will discover that even that group is corrupt. It is well with us.
Corruption has gain so much ground in Nigeria. from the head to the bottom. This country really have so much work to do before we can be free from corruption
As a result of the adoption of this anti-corruption agreement, parties have committed to its implementation, which has encouraged a nearly universal understanding of the significance of good governance.
It is to everyone’s benefit that December 9 has been designated as International Anti-Corruption Day for the goal of bringing attention to the problem of corruption.
In addition to this, it argues that the fight against the harmful effects of corruption is exclusively dependent on the roles that government officials play.
As stated by the Convention, the promotion of efficient management of public affairs and public property, as well as accountability and integrity, are guaranteed.
Corruption as been a very deep problem in our country which is reason why it make our country worse. corruption everywhere self benefit and so on we need to uproot corruption from country so things can flow well
The manipulation of votes in elections by shady political parties is one of the most obvious manifestations of corruption, though there are many other manifestations as well.
Our country has struggled for a very long time with the issue of corruption, which is the primary reason why it makes our country worse.
The purpose of the campaign is to educate the public on the dangers of corruption and the various methods available to fight it. Corruption destroys nations and must be fought aggressively.
Corruption prevention is a right and an obligation, and this international day highlights the importance of people and organizations working together to achieve this goal.
Combating corruption is a collective responsibility and civic obligation, and this global day recognizes the importance of everyone’s efforts to make that happen.
Our laws should also reflect the Anti-Corruption Convention. An adequate number of laws with real teeth are required to address the pressing and pervasive problem of poverty in our country
In Nigeria, you may see that one organization is working to eradicate corruption, only to learn later that it, too, is mired in the rot. Every nook and corner is affected. May God help us.
Awareness can be created to curb bribery and corruption for which the 9th of December of every year has been chosen for such but with the situation in Nigeria corruption is deeply seated in every sector in Nigeria.. It will take a focused leader who is determined and with workable strategy to stop corruption in Nigeria.