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Nigeria inaugurates 17-man committee on anti-corruption campaign

Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federatrion, Mr. Abubakar Malami, has urged members of the monitoring and evaluation committee on corruption to ensure that the national anti-corruption strategy is delivered to Nigerians.Inaugurating the 17-man monitoring and evaluation committee on the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy spanning 2017 through 2021 on Monday in Abuja, the minister said that the national anti-corruption strategy was validated on April 27, 2017 and an Action Plan was developed, validated and adopted by relevant stakeholders on March 26, 2018.

He explained that the strategy comprises five pillars namely: prevention, public engagement, ethical re-orientation, enforcement and sanction as well as recovery and management of proceeds of crime.

He noted that the strategy’s 2017 to 2021 Action Plan, and the monitoring and evaluation working tools are documents which served as guideline for the committee.

He added that the documents will help the committee on how best to actualise full implementation of the national anti-corruption strategy.

Malami said that monitoring of the national anti-corruption strategy implementation would be achieved on three levels; monthly reporting and quarterly self-assessments within anti-corruption, law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

The AGF said that the review would be based on quarterly statistics sent by anti-corruption, law enforcement and regulatory agencies to the National Bureau of Statistics, using a national anti-corruption data reporting template.

He disclosed that the review should take into account the periodic reports of the country assessments conducted pursuant to Nigeria’s obligations under the UN convention against corruption.

The minister said that the annual report of the anti-corruption strategy implementation review should be submitted to the secretariat of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

“This shall be transmitted by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to the Federal Executive Council not later than March 31, in respect of the proceedings,” Malami said.

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