Leadership (Abuja)

14 February 2013

Nigeria: Non-Implementation of Laws Hampering War Against Graft - ICPC Boss

The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta has disclosed that the failure to implement series of laws promulgated against corruption had made it difficult to address the vice in the country.

Delivering a public lecture titled, "Combating corruption in Contemporary Nigeria: Prospects, Challenges and Strategies", as part of activities marking the 50th anniversary of the Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan (UI) yesterday, the ICPC boss said that except there is the will to implement series of laws promulgated against the vice, it would be difficult to curb it.

"There had been corrupt practices decrees, War Against Indiscipline, MAMSA, NOA, Foreign Exchange s decree, War Against Indiscipline, MAMSA, NOA, Foreign Exchange Decree, Money Laundry Decree, EFCC and ICPC Acts, Fiscal responsibility 2010, etc. We have more than enough laws that will stamp corruption out of our system but the problem is implementation. Implementing our laws is the problem," he said.

He pointed out that corruption was an abuse of trust and political power for private gains, reiterated that except all hands are put on deck to fight corruption, corruption would continue to live in the country.

According to him, the effects of corruption are too grievous that everyone has to redouble his or her efforts to rid the nation of corruption.

He further charged that corrupt practices like plagiarism among lecturers, falsification of records, sexual harassment, cultism, extortion, false representation during accreditation should be rid off in the universities.

Speaking earlier, Head of Department, Political Science, Professor Osisioma Nwolise, noted that corruption in Nigeria today had wasted the nation's resources and sentenced Nigerians to misery, adding that corruption had reached the level that requires surgical operation.

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