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Fight against corruption, not targeted against anybody – Osinbajo

THE Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said President Mohammadu Buhari led  anti-corruption war was not targeted at anybody but against the enemies of the state, who have stolen  common resources  for selfish enrichment.

The Acting president made the clarification yesterday during the 2017 BusinessDay States Competitiveness  and Good Governance Award held in Abuja.

He insisted that the anti-corruption crusade was not only geared towards eradicating corruption but aimed at engendering  development and good governance across the country.

Osinbajo, who was represented by Sen. Babafemi Ojodu, said the administration beyond fighting corruption, had gone ahead to initiate plans that had helped the states to embrace competiveness and overcome their present economic challenges.

He commended BusinessDay for its choice of Competitiveness and Good Governance in choosing the award recipients, saying that the award would spur the awardees to increase their performance in governance.


“The present fight against corruption led by President Buhari  is not targeted at anybody but a fight against institutional rot and bad governance. It is a fight against those who have stolen our common wealth for selfish enrichment.

“We must applaud BusinessDay for this competitive and good governance award aimed at gauging the performance of public sector at the state level. It is very reassuring for BusinessDay to engage in this exercise.

“What is particularly pleasing about the award is that it selected the key priorities of the present administration for good governance as enunciated in the economic recovery  of the government.

“This will help in promoting transparency, provide infrastructure and other critical aspects of governance. More will be achieved if we can work together to ensure affordable education, housing, increase jobs opportunities and other dividends of democracy.

“It is worthy of note that the choice of BusinessDay in selecting the awardees aligned with the recently signed Executive Order on Ease of Doing Business.”

The Acting president further charged the public office holders to hold their offices in trust and also urged other media outfits to emulate Businessday in initiating ideas that would enhance competitiveness and good governance in the country.

“I challenge other media organizations to borrow a leave from Business Day to come up with such initiatives to improve good governance and developmental practices. This goes to remind us that those entrusted with the position of leadership should know that they are called to serve and not to be served.

“This goes to remind us that those entrusted with the position of leadership that they are called to serve and not to be served,” he added.

On the effort of government to encourage states, Prof. Osinbajo said, “the introduction of the Bell Out Fund initiative by Federal Government was evidence of President Buhari’s administration resolve to spur state governments to competiveness and good governance among other initiatives.

“It is in recognition of the critical importance of states that we have consistently initiated so many initiatives in support of states.

“Since our return to democratic governance in 1999, our democratic dispensation opened a new vista for competitiveness and good governance through the 36 states of the federation, with a view to accelerating democratic process, progress and development. We have indeed seen record improvements over the years, though there are still much to be done,” he added.

[Source: Vanguard News]

Posted by on July 15, 2017.

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