Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami

Corruption is responsible for Nigeria’s political, social, and economic problems.

That is according to the country’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

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Malami made the remark at the National Open Government Partnership retreat on Monday in Kaduna.

He noted that corruption remained Nigeria’s biggest impediment to attaining sustainable development.

According to the minister, the Federal Government is committed to driving out the culture of corruption in the country by making governance more open, accountable and responsive to citizens.

He said the government would strengthen anti-corruption institutions, and the capacity of Nigerians to expose corrupt practices in all spheres of life.

Malami disclosed that there would be implementation of programmes aimed at exposing and punishing corrupt public officials and providing support to victims of corruption.

The minister noted that Nigeria joined the open governance partnership in July 2016 as part of its commitment to deepen institutional and policy reforms for good governance.

He further stated that the partnership was a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on improving transparency, accountability, citizens participation, and responsiveness to citizens through technology and innovation.“It is a journey that will take us from transparency and openness to national prosperity,” he added.

Govt on track in fight against corruption – Osinbanjo

In a message to the event, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo also said the federal government remained on track in the ongoing fight against corruption.

“That is why the administration is partnering OGP for open governance, to enable the government receive first-hand information from citizens.”

The vice president was represented by Dr. Bilkisu Saidu, Special Assistant to the President on Research, Legal and Compliance Matters.

El-Rufa’i throws weight behind open governance

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i said the state was fully involved in the open governance initiative.

El-Rufa’i, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Bala Bantex, said the initiative would help in getting result-oriented government.

According to him, the state has established a platform that allows citizens to monitor government projects and activities.

On his part, Mr. Sanjay Prodhan, the Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership, commended the Nigerian government for its determination to end corruption in all aspects of life.