Information Minister, Lai Mohammed
Information Minister, Lai Mohammed

Agency Report

A former Federal permanent secretary, who  retired from office recently, bolted away with 40 brand new SUVs and other vehicles.

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The startling revelation was made today by Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, while explaining President Muhammadu Buhari’s  strategy in the fight against corruption.

Mohammed was reacting to criticisms that the anti-corruption war lacks strategy.

The minister, who made this known in a statement, said the strategy has proven so effective that it has led to, among others, the recovery of the cars from the Permanent Secretary.

He said the federal government is not just fixated on prosecution alone but is also taking preventive measures to make corruption unattractive.

Mohammed then listed the strict enforcement of the Treasury Singles Account (TSA), which, he said, has largely reduced the diversion of government funds into various secret accounts, and the constant fishing out of ghost workers in the public service.

He however said some other measures have been perfected to strengthen the anti-corruption fight. These measures include the establishment of the Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery and the Asset Tracing Committee; the setting up of an Asset Register, and the Whistle Blower Policy.

The Minister also announced the plan by the government – working through the Code of Conduct Bureau – to commence, starting in 2017, a trial run of electronic asset declaration to facilitate compliance and also to search and retrieve data on the assets of public officers

In addition, he said, the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption is working with relevant MDAs, especially the National Bureau of Statistics, to improve data collection on corruption indicators generally.

”Once perfected, the data will be shared with government periodically, if possible as regularly as government receives data on inflation and unemployment trends, to indicate trends in corruption and influence government measures to correct the situation before it gets out of hand as we have now,” Mohammed said.