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UNODC tackles Corruption in Nigeria

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By Mercy Kelani

Anti-corruption education is needed to empower the next generations.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assured Nigeria of its support in the fight against corruption. Speaking in Abuja at the commemoration of the international anti-corruption day under the organization of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT), the UNODC Country Representative, Dr. Oliver Stolpe, stated that anti-corruption education is very essential to stop the menace of corruption else corruption would remain uncurbed and would not stop being a threat to the security of the nation and its citizens.

It was stated that youth and children are the ones who are mostly at stake of the ills of corruption. As a result, encouraging anti-corruption education is critical to the UNODC’s work of empowering, engaging and connecting the next generations which includes working towards shielding sports from corruption. Stolpe further asserted that there will be a renewal of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime partnerships with the Federal Government of Nigeria in aspects of anti-corruption with addition of many new projects in 2023.

UNODC proposes new projects in its partnership renewal with FG.

According to his statements, the first project is the National Bureau of Statistics and UNODC’s conduction of the third National Corruption Survey as a witness to the exemplary leadership of subsequent Nigerian Governments in transparently fighting corruption – which will be done with the support of the MacArthur Foundation. UNODC, in the second project, will embark on a fresh partnership with the Nigerian Police Force and its Complaints Response Unit so as to address a critical finding of the 2019 National Corruption Survey.

This critical finding shows the challenges faced by Nigerian citizens regarding accessibility to existing complaints mechanisms in the process of seeking redress for police misconduct. This second project will be carried out with the support of the Government of the United States and the United Nations Peace Building Fund. These newly introduced projects and initiative go in line with UNODC’s ongoing agreement with the Kaduna State Government to aid provision of technical support to establish its Anti-Corruption Unit.

IATT focuses on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2022-2026.

In addition, Chairman of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT), Barrister Olusegun Adekunle, also spoke at the commemoration stating that corruption truly is a great challenge affecting the country although the Nigerian Government has not been silent about it and have taken several measures to address the menace. He added that the IATT has its focus on the upcoming 2023 General Elections and the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2022 – 2026 which received approval on November 23, 2022.

The Anti-Corruption discussions are handy as it becomes solidified by creating opportunity for greater synergy in the preparation processes of an easy transition to another government in 2023. There have been enactments of legislations and establishment of institutions by the Federal Government for the implementation of the diverse issues under the control of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Likewise, institutions that are dedicated to the anti-corruption cause are continuously strengthened to enable data-policy nexus and inter-agency coordination and collaboration through the IATT platform.

FG runs an anti-corruption agenda that recovers proceeds of corruption.

Barrister Adekunle, who is also one of the chairpersons of the board of the Nigeria Executive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), further noted that the current Nigerian Government is currently organizing an anti-corruption agenda that is based on prevention, sanctions and enforcement, public engagement and recovery of proceeds of corruption. Although the agenda has made reasonable progress, recovering proceeds of corruption remains the highlight of the agenda. The government sees this recovery as a major policy of depriving corrupt citizens of the benefit of their crime, ensuring restitution to the citizens and the country.


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1 year ago

UNODC tackles Corruption in Nigeria – Anti-corruption education is needed to empower the next generations. – Express your point of view.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
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1 year ago

The awareness and sensitization campaign from the federal government agencies responsible for the eradication of corruption across the country is very necessary and important because corruption has embedded in Nigeria system and if tangible step is not taking,it wil run the country on ground.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
1 year ago

Our Anti corruption agencies need to be up and running. New agencies should even be form for the next generation. We need to tackle corruption especially with the elites.

jdpumping
Member
1 year ago

Everything about Nigeria is about corruption from offices,schools,administrative settings we tend to thrive on it at all times and our government need to do more awareness for our younger ones maybe they can do without been corrupt

theApr
theApr
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1 year ago

Anti-corruption education is crucial for putting an end to the corruption issue; otherwise, corruption would go unchecked and continue to pose a threat to the security of the country and its residents.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
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1 year ago

Nigeria has been assured by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime of the organization’s continued help in the fight against corruption.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
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1 year ago

There must be a concerted effort to educate the public about corruption if it is to be eradicated as a threat to national and personal safety.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
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1 year ago

Due to the extent to which corruption has been ingrained in the Nigerian system, it is crucial that the federal government’s anti-corruption authorities raise public knowledge and sensitivities about the issue.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
1 year ago

Due to the negative effects of corruption, young people and children are most likely to be put in danger; because this is a problem, the government ought to take action to address it.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
1 year ago

It is imperative that our anti-corruption agencies function effectively. Even for the future generation, new agencies should be formed. The corruption of the powerful is of particular concern and must be addressed.

Christiana
Christiana
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1 year ago

Anti-corruption education is essential to combating corruption, which threatens national security.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
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1 year ago

Corruption as eating so deep in Nigeria. I don’t think any external bodies can help in fighting corruption in Nigeria. The only solution to all this corruption is the citizens of Nigeria, by saying no to corruption during general election.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 year ago

Promoting anti-corruption education is essential to the work that the UNODC is doing to empower, engage, and connect the next generation, which includes working toward the goal of preventing corruption in sports.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
1 year ago

If corruption is to be eliminated as a risk to both personal and national security, there needs to be a concentrated effort to educate the general public about the problem.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
1 year ago

The first initiative is the third National Corruption Survey, conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to attest to the transparent leadership of successive Nigerian Governments in combatting corruption.

Haykaylyon26
Member
1 year ago

We need to fight corruption it as been our major issue for the country not to develop well. Anti corruption education will also help to fight corruption when awareness are made about it

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
1 year ago

The government views this recovery as an important component of its overall strategy to deprive dishonest citizens of the benefits of their criminal activity and to provide restitution to both the citizens and the country.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
1 year ago

The present government of Nigeria is actively organizing an anti-corruption program focused on prevention, sanctions and enforcement, public involvement, and recovery of corruptly gained assets.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
1 year ago

The government views this recovery as an important component. Anti corruption education will also help to fight corruption when awareness are made about it.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
1 year ago

It would be great UNODC can successfully achieve this proposed project of tackling and reducing corruption.

SarahDiv
Member
1 year ago

I strongly hope that UNODC will be able to stamp out corruption from Nigeria with the project on anti-corruption education towards the future generation.

Remi1
Remi1
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1 year ago

Although the program has made some headway, retrieving the proceeds of corruption still tops the list.