14 February 2013

Nigeria: No Political Will to Fight Corruption in Nigeria - ICPC Boss

Ibadan — Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, has said that curbing corruption in Nigeria is difficult because there is no political will to implement the series of laws promulgated against the vice.

Delivering a lecture at the University of Ibadan on Tuesday, the ICPC chairman noted that Nigeria has more than enough laws to stamp out corruption, but that the problem is implementation.

"There have been corrupt practices decree, War Against Indiscipline (WAI), MAMSER, NOA, Foreign Exchange Decree, Money Laundry Decree, EFCC and ICPC Acts, Fiscal Responsibility 2010, etc, implementing our laws is the problem," he said.

Nta also lamented corrupt practices in schools like plagiarism among lecturers, falsification of records, sexual harassment, cultism, extortion, false representation during accreditation, saying there is a need for such to be eradicated.

Head of the Department of Political Science in the institution, Professor Osisioma Nwolise, had earlier said that corruption has wasted the nation's resources and "sentenced Nigerians to misery".

Nwolise said corruption in Nigeria could be tackled by setting up an anti-corruption court to deal with corrupt individuals, proper funding of ICPC and EFCC, serious value reorientation and massive public education and enlightenment to dethrone money from its present commanding height, among others.

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