Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged members of the African Union to use the instrument of strong financial and human resources in combating the scourge of corruption in Africa.
The Vice President made the call while speaking at the commemoration of the 2019 African Union Anti-corruption Day in Abuja, on Thursday.
Osinbajo was the keynote speaker at the occasion which has as its theme ‘Towards a common African position on asset recovery’, organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission in collaboration with the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption.
He said, “The menace of corruption on the African continent is endemic as it negatively affects all aspects of people’s lives and those who suffer most are the vulnerable, the downtrodden, the less privileged, the poor and the marginalised.
“And to be more effective, all stakeholders, including governments and parliamentarian must take a more holistic, strategic and coordinated approach.
“This will thereby enhance domestic resources of sustainable development goals through improved asset recovery and asset recalls. Upon the discovery of these lethal threats of economic viability tackling corruption headlong has been a top priority programme of this present administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari since its inception on May 29, 2015.”
“Through diverse practices, funds allocated for the provision of vital public services such as roads, health clinics and good schools are diverted, mismanaged and stolen.“May I, at this juncture, call on member states to march onwards with action by devoting the required financial and human resources to the fight against the dreaded scourge of corruption that gives birth to unbridled looting of public funds and assets, thereby strengthening the existing anti-corruption institutions and organisations in eradicating corruption out of our African continent.”