UN envoy Edward Kallon calls for new approach to fight corruption in Nigeria

Although we are headquartered in Washington D.C. USA, our reporters and editors are working around the globe to cover what you care about. We invite you to donate to our fundraiser to help us keep our quality news free and available to all.  

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, has called for a people-centred approach in the fight against corruption in Nigeria such that the lives of citizens will be positively impacted. He made the call on Tuesday as he joined top ranking officials of the African Union and African Governments to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission at a Regional Webinar on Combating Corruption and Illicit Financial Flows.

Mr. Kallon, who acknowledged efforts of Nigeria in corrupt related convictions, especially in 2019 and repatriation of stolen funds from few jurisdictions, expressed belief that citizens should be put at the centre of the fight against corruption to make the efforts more impactful.

“Going forward, I would like to propose to you today an adjustment to our approach. It is our belief that we need an approach that puts citizens at the center of the fight against corruption. 

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

It is only when citizens see tangible progress directly impacting their lives positively, that we can expect them to support the fight, to refuse to take part in corrupt practices and to report corruption incidents whenever they become aware of them. In short, we need to do better in demonstrating the actual benefits of the fight against corruption.”

Against the background of the upcoming first United Nations Special Session against Corruption comes up in early 2021, Mr. Kallon stressed the timeliness of the event for the African Anti-Corruption community to come together to jointly determine Africa’s anti-corruption agenda at the global stage. 

Drawing from the experience in Nigeria, the UN Resident Coordinator proposed four specific actions to tackle widespread small-scale bribery, enhancing the development impact of asset recovery, create effective and responsive public complaints systems and improve transparency and communications in the fight against corruption.

In his goodwill message, the Deputy Chairperson African Union Commission, Thomas Kwesi-Qartey acknowledged the leading role of Nigeria in the fight against corruption, especially illegal financial flow noted that the Common African Position in Asset Recovery commonly known as CAPAR, which the Nigerian government was instrumental to its adoption during the 33rd Ordinary Session of Assembly of Heads of States and Governments of African Union held in February 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, will be crucial in stemming illegal financial flow from Africa. According to him “the CAPAR will be extremely useful in helping African countries to identify, to repatriate, and to effectively manage the illicitly acquired assets in a manner that respects our sovereignty.”

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, in his message likened the fight against corruption to that of COVID-19 charged individuals to take personal responsibility. According to him, “We all need to take responsibility for the fight against Corruption as we take responsibility against infection of COVID-19. COVID-19 kills, but Corruption kills even more. ICPC alone cannot fight Corruption. We all must be involved. Failure to take responsibility is dangerous to self and the society.”

[/read_more]

TODAY NEWS AFRICA
TODAY NEWS AFRICAhttps://todaynewsafrica.com
TODAY NEWS AFRICA is registered and headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America. Our publication is widely read, respected and influential. By providing daily answers to questions our readers have about the people, the businesses and the continent of Africa, we are reaching a diverse and wide audience from around the world. Our readers, many of them world leaders, trust us because we are independent and truthful. Our advertisers understand the difference between news, views and ads. Contact us: contactus@todaynewsafrica.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now

300,504FansLike
227FollowersFollow
6FollowersFollow
1FollowersFollow
908FollowersFollow
138SubscribersSubscribe

JUST IN

South African defense minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will not receive salary for 3 months for flying ANC party members to Zimbabwe on air force plane

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has issued the Minister of Defense and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula with a formal reprimand...

Nigerian activists send open letter to President Buhari urging him to prosecute more than 100 high-profile corruption cases he has ignored

Nigerian activists have sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to prosecute more than 100 high-profile corruption cases...

IMF has given $31 billion to 76 countries to respond to COVID-19, including over $10 billion to 47 low income nations

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given $31 billion in emergency financing to 76 countries in the world to respond to...

Gunmen ambush convoy of Governor Umar Babagana Zulum of Borno State in Nigeria, kill several people

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned an ambush on Friday on the entourage of Governor Umar Babagana Zulum of Borno State, which...

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadéra announces candidacy for December election

Central African Republic President Faustin Archange Touadéra has announced his candidacy for the presidential election next December.“It’s...

MOST POPULAR

Damning report finds detainees in Iran were sexually abused and given electric shocks in gruesome post-protest crackdown

Iran’s police, intelligence and security forces, and prison officials have committed, with the complicity of judges and prosecutors, a catalogue of...

IMF has given $31 billion to 76 countries to respond to COVID-19, including over $10 billion to 47 low income nations

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given $31 billion in emergency financing to 76 countries in the world to respond to...

Ramphosa urges world leaders to fight racism, grant Africa more Security Council seats, lift sanctions against Zimbabwe and Sudan and cancel continent’s interests on debt

African Union Chairperson, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Tuesday, urged the United Nations General Assembly to fight racism,...

Coronavirus can be transmitted through the air at distances farther than six feet, U.S. CDC says

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance at the weekend to acknowledge that the novel...

WHO says only $35 billion needed to end acute phase of COVID-19 in the world

The World Health Organization (WHO) says $35 billion is needed to end the acute phase of COVID-19 pandemic in the world...

Give us some time to negotiate before embarking on strike, Gbajabiamila begs Nigeria labor leaders

The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Sunday implored the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to give room for enough time for negotiations with the executive arm of government over the proposed industrial action for commencement on Monday.This is as the the Speaker later met with the Vice...

[/read_more]

[read_more id="2" more="Read full article" less="Read less"]

Share
Tweet
WhatsApp
Reddit
Share