Name And Shame Looters, Amaechi Tells Buhari
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says he believes in an open
government where the identities of looters are revealed.
Speaking in Abuja during a stakeholders meeting on the London summit on
anti-corruption and the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Amaechi said
such system would prevent corrupt persons from contesting elections in
He challenged Nigerians to hold government accountable by asking relevant
questions and demanding satisfactory answers.
“I believe in name and shame and an open government. What name and shame
does is to prevent such people for vying for public office,” he said.
However, Amaechi said it is disservice to any public official when people
to make unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against them.
Zainab Ahmed, minister of state for budget and national planning,
described Nigeria's confirmation by the OGP as a participating country as
Ahmed said Nigeria's admittance into the OGP was instructive, particularly
as the current administration is committed to transparency and
accountability in governance.
She said her ministry was working towards ensuring an open budgeting and
planning process in the country.
“We are committed to ensuring that the budget process from the preparation
to the implementation and the monitoring and evaluation is open,
participatory and inclusive,” she said.
In his remarks, Simon Shercliff, deputy high commissioner, British High
commission, noted that corruption is the cancer at the heart of so many of
the world's problems.
“No country is immune from corruption and so governments need to work
together to tackle it successfully,” Shercliff said.
He said the problem of corruption needed to be faced with all sincerity
and not mere lip service.
The meeting is aimed at bringing together public and private sector, and
civil society organisations.
This is to enable them to work with the ministry of justice in ensuring
that the commitments to end corruption are turned into actionable plans.
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