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COVID-19: PACAC Tasks EFCC, Others to Ensure Judicious Use of Donations

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Presidential Advisory Committe against Corruption (PACAC), has again tasked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and all stakeholders in the fight against corruption to ensure that all resources earmarked to tackle Covid-19 are judiciously utilised for the benefit of citizens.

The Committe said the capacity, efforts and the achievements of all frontline Anti-corruption Agencies need to be sustained and strengthened during and after the pandemic to also enhance national development and security. 

This was contained in a statement on Wednesday signed by Prof. Itse Sagay,
Chairman, PACAC.

The Committe urged citizens to report corrupt activities to appropriate authorities, during distribution of palliatives by federal and state government, to ensure that bottlenecks are removed, paving way for the palliatives reaching the intended targets.

In the fight against corruption, the Committe noted that the judiciary is crucial, but regrets the systemic and endemic corruption of some judicial officers, which results in some degree of miscarriage of justice prevalent in courts.

“Thus, to promote national security, stability and progress, the spectre of corruption in our courts has to be confronted. We encourage Nigerians to reach out to the government with credible information on how to reform the judiciary to serve the citizens and society instead of a few powerful people.

“The Nigeria Bar Association should instill discipline, ethics and professionalism in the Bar. Corruption can effectively be fought with a Bar and Bench that are dedicated to the actualization of integrity, honour and justice in the processes and outcomes of our legal system,” the Committe said.

It added, “In the fight against corruption every single voice and action is important. As the Federal Government is ever committed and determined to stem the tide of corruption, we urge citizens, CSOs, the media, religiousinstitutions, labour unions, youth and  women groups to support the Anti- corruption Agencies in their dogged fight against the malaise of corruption.”

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