The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, on Friday said corruption is the greatest challenge and an enemy of development and good governance in Nigeria
Owasanoye made this known at a capacity-building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption, in Abuja.
He said, “Corruption is the enemy of development and good governance. Corruption is Nigeria’s greatest challenge and is directly associated with national security challenges, current economic decline, poverty expansion, reduced life expectancy, high mortality and deteriorating livelihood experienced by citizens.”
Read Also:Indonesia’s Sinabung Vocalno Erupts
The ICPC chairman said that fighting against corruption is not only the duty of the government but a collective responsibility
He urged the National Assembly that through its constitutional mandate deploy its oversight powers on governmental agencies and departments as well as monitor the public expenditure and audit of public accounts in order to curb corruption in the public sector.
Owasanoye said: “The fight against corruption is our collective responsibility and not the duty of the government alone. We must visualize the type of country and environment that we want to live in and bequeath to generations yet unborn.
“Our immediate objective is to reduce corruption in our lifetime to such an extent that it can no longer threaten our collective well-being, peace, development. The legislature can lead us to our collective vision through its constitutional mandate.”