About 20, 000 micro-enterprises benefit from FG’s grant – Minister



The Federal Government has disclosed that 19, 550 micro-enterprises have benefited from its Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS), from across 10 states in two years.

Mr Richard Adebayo, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, made this known on Thursday in Uyo, at its ongoing 11th meeting of the National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment.

The scheme is expected to lift the sub-sector and make it more efficient and financially viable.

Adebayo said the ministry was vigorously pursuing many initiatives to improve the capacity of MSMEs in the country.

According to him, implementation of nationwide MSMEs clinics is ongoing to refurbish and further aid the growth of MSMEs in Nigeria.

He noted that the National Industrial Skill Development Programme (NISDP), was being implemented by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), and has trained 17,176 males and 12,636 females in 59 trade areas, in 36 states including FCT.

“It is also implementing Women Skills Empowerment Programme (WOSEP), which has empowered 438 women in various trades across the nation,” he said.

He said Growth Employment Project (GEM), was also designed to support MSMEs operating in five high potential sectors in the economy including ICT, entertainment, hospitality among others.

Adebayo said that another notable intervention by the government was the creation of a National Council on MSMEs to enhance efficient coordination of the sub-sector.

“The council coordinates the achievements of all stakeholders in the public and private sectors and guides the formulation of policies and strategies to drive the holistic development of the MSMEs.

“Already, it has initiated and implemented the One-Local Government, One Product (OLOP) programme, which is expected to generate over 4, 900 new jobs,” he said.

He said that the council had established three common facilities to help revamp MSMEs in Nigeria.

The minister listed the facilities as the leather cluster in Sokoto State, shoe making cluster in Abia State, and Shea butter processing cluster in Minna, Niger state.

He commended the outcome of the 10TH meeting of the council, hosted by Abia State Government, with the theme “Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria: The Role of States and Local Governments “.

He expressed gladness that implementation of the key resolutions at the meeting by stakeholders had impacted positively on the sector.

The minister reaffirmed the council’s commitment to strengthening the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in view of its immense capacity to create jobs.

Amb. Marian Katagum, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, urged the National Council to come up with innovative resolutions, which would serve as catalysts for the promotion of the sector.

Katagum noted that the participation of the states was very crucial since they played a pivotal role in the implementation of the council’s resolutions.

She urged the participants to leverage on the new insights gained from the meeting to support the growth of industry, trade and investment in Nigeria.

The state minister commended the stakeholders, Akwa Ibom State Government and ministry officials, for the impressive turnout; and called for harmonisation of efforts by all interested parties for efficient delivery on their collective mandates.

The meeting which is holding from Dec. 2 to Dec. 6, has its theme “The Role of Small and Medium Businesses in Poverty Alleviation in Nigeria: The Way Forward”.

Edited & Vetted By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore


Harnesssing of mines sector key to industrial development — Gov. Ihedioha



Imo Governor, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, says that no country can develop industrially without harnessing her mines and metal sector.

Ihedioha stated this at the 2nd Nigeria Metallurgical Industry Stakeholders’ Forum (MISF) organised by the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development for South-East stakeholders on Monday in Owerri.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the two-day seminar had the theme, “Building Local Capacities for the Development of the Nigeria Metal Sector.”

Ihedioha, who commended the ministry for the choice of Imo as host, said the theme was in tandem with the Rebuild Imo Agenda of his government which main trust was to revive the power sector for industries to thrive.

He said most industries depended on the metal sector, adding that any country that ignored the metal sector does so at her own risk, pointing out that the metal sector contributed to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of countries.

The governor noted that the state was committed to the growth and development of its technical and industrial sector, adding that in most developed economies the metal sector was the highest employer of labour.

He called on the Federal Government to improve on the steel capacity of the country for it to achieve much and by extension connect Owerri and Onitsha to the rail line.

Ihedioha urged the participants to take advantage of the programme and dedicate themselves to finding solutions to the technical and steel need of the country.

Earlier, Dr Uchechukwu Ogah, Minister of State, Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, said the theme was in tandem with federal government’s resolve to vigorously pursue the diversification of the economy inter-alia the minerals and metals sector of the Nigerian economy.

He noted that the metal industry formed the bedrock on which the industrialisation and development of any nation of the world was built.

The minister said that without the steel and other metal industry, no meaningful technological advancement would be achieved.

Virtually, all other sectors of the economy rely on the metal sector in one way or the other to thrive, including power, agriculture, transportation, industry, electricity/electronics, construction, roads, and housing,” he said.

Ogah pointed out that Nigeria’s interest in the development of iron and steel industry dated back to 1958, with further action taken in the immediate post-independence era.

According to him, other countries that started their metallurgical sector in a similar way like Nigeria have been able to lift their economies from third world poverty and starvation due to the industrialisation they had achieved via a well-developed metallurgical industry.

He identified these countries to include South Korea, Algeria, Tunisia, India, Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, Turkey, Iran and Irag.

Ogah described metallurgy as the branch of science and technology concerned with the study of the properties of metals, their production and purification.

He added that mineral processing, physical metallurgy, smelting, extractive metallurgy and steel production were all metallurgical processes.

The minister said that the metal sector had to be positioned to amongst others improve the power, transportation, construction industry, manufacturing, agricultural sectors, and the mining and mineral processing.

He solicited for local and foreign private investments in these areas and many other sectors, assuring that government would create the enabling environment.

The desire of the federal government of Nigeria to diversify the economy from a mono-product economy predominantly dependent on oil and gas revenues to other sectors such as minerals and metals is well known to you.

Aside the seven strategic minerals (Iron ore, Lead/Zinc, Gold, Baritas, Bitumen and Limestone) every local government in Nigeria has one or more minerals located in it,” he said.

The minster identified other advantages of the metal industry on other sectors of the economy to include foreign exchange earnings and sustenance, contribution toward increasing the Gross Domestic Product, creation of job opportunities and acquisition of technical skills leading to technology transfer to Nigerians.

Others were exploitation of the abundant metal ore deposits and associated minerals to meet local demand and possible exports of surplus, springing up of economic activities in down-stream metallurgical industries and the mineral sector of the national economy and the mechanisation of the agricultural sector through the production of agro-processing plants and farm implements.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi

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Ministry pledges support for WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement implementation



The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment on Monday pledged to provide the needed support for the successful implementation of the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TRA).

Mrs Mariam Katagum, the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment made the pledge when the National Trade Facilitation Committee visited her in Abuja.

She said there was the need to engage heads of relevant agencies with a view to contributing their quota to ensure full implementation of the agreement.

Earlier, the Acting Chairman of the Committee, Mr Aliyu Abubakar said that full implementation of the agreement became imperative in view of the need for Nigeria to join other signatories to the agreement to simplify trade procedures.

According to Abubakar, all members of WTO will simplify their trade procedures and there will be reduction of tariff and non-tariff arrears which will give market access to our traders.

It will actually help us in terms of diversification of our economy.

This will also promote economic growth and development because Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) operators will be able to access foreign markets through the trade facilitation that simplifies processes and procedures.

So there is a window for our SMEs and our markets and there is also reduction in time of doing business.

Where ever you go, the length of time will be shortened so it will be better for you and you stand to gain from short time of doing business,’’ Abubakar said.

He further said that the publications on TFA portal would provide traders the needed information that would guide their operations.

If you go to our TSA portal, it is easier for you to get information to do a lot of trading.

We have implemented some parts of the agreement but we still need to do more because we have obligation to implement the whole of the agreement and the committee is working to implement all the agreement,’’ he said.

On her part, Alice Stephens, the Senior Private Sector Specialist, World Bank Group, said that the bank would provide support in three key areas to facilitate implementation of the agreement by Nigeria.

She listed effective risk management, capacity building among agencies saddled with border management and transparency as the areas the World Bank would provide support toward the implementation of the agreement.

Nigeria News Agency recalls that Nigeria ratified the Trade Facilitation Agreement in 2017, making it the 107th World Trade Organisation member to do so.

Edited by: Ese E. Ekama

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Plateau transport ministry generates N36.9m in 9 months



The Plateau Ministry of Transportation said it had generated over N36.9 million as revenue between January and September, 2019.

Malam Mohammed Abubakar, the Commissioner in charge of the ministry, made this known in Jos on Monday.

Abubakar spoke when he led other management staff of the ministry to defend its 2020 budget before the state House of Assembly Standing Committee on Works and Transport.

According to him, the monies were generated from garage fee, towing fee, vehicle registration and road traffic violation, among others.

We were expected to generate N299 million worth of revenue for the 2019 fiscal year.

But we were able to generate over N36.9 million between January and September.

This represents 12.3 per cent of the total projection,” he said.

The commissioner gave an assurance that the ministry would generate more funds for government in 2020.

He explained that by the time the state Road Traffic and Vehicle Inspection Agency comes on board, the ministry’s revenue profile would improve.

He, however, decried shortage of manpower, vehicles and funds, as factors inhibiting the ministry’s optimal performance.

The number of staff we have in the ministry is grossly inadequate.

We have 13 offices in the state and we have just 55 staff to man these offices.

Over time, paucity of staff has affected our performance and so, we call on government to employ more hands for the ministry,” he said.

The Chairman of the committee, Mr Amorudu Useni, urged the ministry to step up its game and generate substantial revenue for government.

Useni advised the ministry to block all leakages to ensure revenues generated did not end in private pockets.

This ministry is key and government expects huge revenue from it.

“So, I advise that you step up, block all possible avenues where revenues can be diverted to enable a substantial amount gets into government coffers, ‘’ he said.

Edited by: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi

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NSE: Market indices open new week with 0.65% loss



Stock crucial market indicators opened trading on Monday with a loss of 0.65 per cent.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the market capitalisation lost N84 billion or 0.65 per cent to close at N12. 877 trillion against N12. 961 trillion on Friday.

Also, the All-Share Index which opened at 26,855.52 dipped 174.21 points or 0.65 per cent to close at 26,681.31.

Analysts at Afrinvest Limited said: “We maintain our bearish stance for the market, although the current low prices of stocks present opportunities for bargain hunting.”

Also, Mr Ambrose Omordion, Chief Operating Officer, InvestData Ltd., said that market performance would be mixed in the new week due to profit taking.

Omordion said that discerning investors should take advantage of the current low stocks valuation to position for medium to long term.

Market breadth was negative, with five gainers compared with 28 losers.

A breakdown of the price movement chart shows that Guaranty Trust Bank recorded the highest loss to lead the laggards’ pack, shedding 90k to close at N29 per share.

Cadbury trailed with a loss of 85k to close at N9.05, while Berger Paint dropped 75k to close at N6.75 per share.

Dangote Cement was down by 70k to close at N142, while C &I Leasing declined by 55k to close at N5.40 per share.

Conversely, Eterna led the gainers’ table growing by 20k to close at N3 per share.

Mansard followed with a gain of 15k to close at N1.80, while Cornetstone Insurance gained 5k to close at 68k per share.

NPF Microfinance Bank added 4k to close at N1.15, while Fidelity Bank increased by 2k to close at N2. 04 per share.

However, investors traded 192.684 million shares worth N3.55 billion achieved in 3,594 deals.

This was against 197.04 million shares valued at N3.53 billion transacted in 3,989 deals on Friday.

Zenith Bank was the most active stock during the day, exchanging 24.23 million shares worth N450.06 million.

It was followed by UACN with an account of 19.62 million shares valued at N154.33 million, while Dangote Cement traded 12.86 million shares worth N1.80 billion.

FBN Holdings sold a total of 12.25 million shares valued at N79.01 million, while FCMB Group exchanged 10.02 million shares worth N17.92 million.

Edited by: Tayo Ikujuni/Wale Ojetimi

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224 communities benefit from FG’s cash transfer in Kuje



Transfer , on Monday said that 224 communities in Kuje Area Council of the FCT had benefited from the Federal Government’s conditional cash transfer in the last quarter of 2019.

Ms Binta Isah-ismail, Head of Operations, NCTO cash Transfer Unit Programme, made this known on behalf of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais, in Abuja,

Uwais told a delegation led by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), tasked with monitoring distribution of cash to beneficiaries, that the process was made open as a sign of transparency to mark the world anti-corruption day.

We are marking the world anti-corruption day; for us at NCTO, this is a message that the recovered funds  from the Abacha loot is being utilised to eradicate poverty among Nigerians.

Kuje is one of the councils in Abuja that we are currently paying. We have more than 8,000 beneficiaries; we are covering three Area Councils of Abaji , Kwali and Kuje. In Kuje, we have cumulatively over 224 communities that are benefitting.

The modality has been a very transparent process; the beneficiaries you are seeing are from the national register from where we target the people that contextualise what poverty is.

We pay N10,000 per beneficiary for each payment circle which is usually every two months. That means every month a beneficiary is entitled to N5,000; so today, they received N10,000 which is for two months,” she said.

Executive , had said that the group was the facilitator of the project focusing on Monitoring Asset Recovery in Nigeria through Transparency and Accountability (MANTRA project), funded by the International .

We are using the International Anti-corruption Day to send a strong signal to highlight the benefit of getting assets returned to Nigeria.

As you can see, the poorest of the poor are the ones benefitting and for us it is remarkable and it reminds us of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 where the whole world agreed to use recovered assets to finance sustainable development.

This sends a strong signal that it is not business as usual; that if people steal public money, it  can be recovered and returned to the poor,’’ he said.

Ugolor said he was satisfied with the process of distribution, adding that the cash transfer gave the poor the opportunity to benefit directly from the government since they were the victims of corruption.

He, however, said that the group observed some challenges in its second field monitoring of the project which it would compile and send to the federal government to address them properly, to help in strengthening the system.

Ms Sonia warner, UK DFID’s Senior Governance Adviser responsible for anti-corruption in Nigeria, said that the MANTRA project was being supported to ensure that citizens benefited from looted funds.

Warner said that so far, the money was being put to good use, with beneficiaries confirming that they were using it for business, school fees and for basic home needs.

She said that the UK government would continue to work with the federal government to recover more loot.

Ayuba, State Cash Transfer, said that the process of selection started at the  community level where state operation coordinating units in collaboration with community volunteers selected poor households.

Ayuba said that the list was then transferred to the national level where it was entered into the register then sent back to the state cash transfer unit for field data capturing and enrolment .

“This payment point has about 426 beneficiaries, but in the whole of Kuje Area council, 2,426 beneficiaries  will be paid 10,000 each,” he said

Mr Ndaman Dantanni, a beneficiary, commended the government for the initiative, adding that he formed a cooperative unit with his friends who took turns to collect.

The process enabled us to have money in bulk to do businesses and engage in other things,” he said.

Mrs. Ajuma Akuda, a widow, said that prior to the cash transfer, she was a labourer at building construction sites.

With the proceeds from this initiative, I run a business and can cater for my children,” she said.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin

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NITDA harps on workable environment for IT entrepreneurship, universal healthcare coverage



Development has restated its commitment to enabling environment for the development, sustenance of technology innovation, universal healthcare coverage and entrepreneurship in the Information Technology (IT).

The Director-General of NITDA, Mr Inuwa Abdullahi, gave the assurance on Monday in Kaduna, at the opening ceremony of the 6th International Conference on Information Technology and Economic Development (ICITED).

News Agency of Agency reports that the three-day conference was organised by State , in collaboration with the International Information Technology and Development Association (IITEDA).

The theme of the conference is: ‘Information and Communication Technology for Sustainable Development Goal – 3, Health and Wellbeing’.

The DG, who was represented by Dr Usman Abdullahi, the Director of IT infrastructure solutions of NITDA, said that the agency was set up to implement the National ICT policy for the country.

He added that being part of the agency’s responsibilities, NITDA is mandated to develop, regulate and provide advisory services to all ICT tools in the country.

At NITDA, we are pursuing initiatives and policies that will drive the growth of the Nigerian digital economy and ensure we are not only technology consumers, but technology producers.

There is no key sector in the economy that doesn’t work with ICT, narrowing it down to entrepreneurial development, it is one of the critical strategic priorities.

We set up a specific office for ICT entrepreneurship and innovation which focuses on building the entrepreneurial skills of the citizens and a number of programmes we roll out the entrepreneurial capacity of our youths.

We also intervene and provide centers across the county, we have over 900 centres in higher institutions, in secondary schools and communities with the aim of enhancing the entrepreneurial capacity of our youths.” he said.

The DG, however, said that health and well-being, especially in relation to the conference, is focused on health, agriculture and education.

He added that the three items are very critical to the well-being of the people, you must be healthy and well educated to have the requisite skills to be productive.

We have collaborated with the Ministry of Health, institutions and other agencies to ensure a wide universal health care coverage across the states”, the DG said.

The vice chancellor of KASU, Prof Muhammad Tanko, advised the youths to leverage on many ICT platforms to improve their technology innovation and entrepreneurship skills.

Tanko, who was represented by the deputy vice chancellor academics, Prof. Abdullahi Ashafa, urged other public institutions to key into the many NITDA initiatives for the country to achieve a common goal of building a knowledge-based economy.

Edited by: Tukur Muntari.

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Buhari orders OAGF to publish daily treasury statements



President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Office  of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) to, henceforth,   publish daily treasury statement to keep to the ethos of financial transapancy of his administration.

Buhari gave the directive on Monday in Abuja at the inauguration of Federal Government’s Financial Transparency Policy and the opening of Treasury Portal.

Nigeria News Agency reports the event coincides with International Anti- Corruption Day set aside by the United Nations Convention Against Corrutpion.

Represented by the Minister of state, Ministry of  Niger Delta , Senator  Tayo Alasoadura, Buhari specifically  ordered the Treasury Office  in the OAGF and all accounting officers to  publish daily payments reports in the new portal.

The President noted that the directive was to drive home the seriousness his administration attached to financial transapancy in management of public sector fund across Ministries,  Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.

“Henceforth, every single transaction of government must be made public.

“The OAGF must publish a daily treasury statement which will provide information about what came into the national purse and what went out every single day.

“With these reports, the treasury will publish payments of at least  N10 million while all MDAS must publish payments above  N5 million made out of all public funds under their purview.

“The information to be published must include; the MDA that is responsible for the payment, the beneficiary, the purpose and amount of each payment.

” The Accounting Officers must be responsible for providing answers to any question from the public relating to transactions completed by entities under their charge,” he said.

To drive home the enforcement of financial transapancy across  all MDAS, the President further directed them to  publish monthly budget performance reports.

He said the  reports must include performance of the budget in various dimensions including MDA’s functions and economic activities performed by all federal government agencies.

The President further charged the OAGF to publish monthly fiscal accounts detailing fiscal performance of the federation including receipts from all the collection agencies and payments out of the federation account.

He directed that the publication must be done within 14 days after the end of each month.

On her part, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed  said that the inauguration of financial transapancy and open treasury portal marked another milestone in government’s effort to deepen tranparency and curb corruption in public sector.

Ahmed said that the  new policy and the Single Treasury Account being implemented since 2015 are inline with government resolve to fight corruption and build peoples confidence.

Ahmed said prior to approval of financial portal by Federal Executive Council ( FEC), her ministry ensured that all MDAs got sensitised to the new financial policy.

She disclosed that the portal was developed  in-house, not by any Consultant, stressing that the government expected full compliance not later than three months.

The minister also disclosed  that the ministry had put complaint  committee on the implementation, compliance and effectiveness

Edited by: Ese E. Ekama

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EFCC, maritime stakeholders, others collaborate in fight against corruption



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), maritime stakeholders and other institutions on Monday took to the streets of Lagos to say no to corruption in the country.

Maritime stakeholders that took part in the street walk are Nigeria Shippers Council (NSC), Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

The Censors Board, National Union of Road Transport Workers and members of the National Youth Service Corps also took part in the walk, which was in commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day with the theme,”Zero Tolerance to Corruption”.

They were seen bearing placards with inscriptions such as ‘Wipe corruption off your hand’, ‘Zero tolerance to corruption’, ”Say no to corruption, it is an illness”.

The Executive Secretary of NSC, Mr Hassan Bello, said that the council had instituted a Standard Operating Procedure to fight corruption and ensure that people were not taken advantage of.

Bello, represented by Mr Samuel Vongtau Director, Legal Services of NSC, called for collaboration in the fight, as it concerns everyone.

Today is a very important day for us all, and we hope that this walk has reached out to a larger number of people in the country, as we know that corruption is a major problem that we face.

NSC, as one of the agencies that ensures that things are done in the right way, has made its processes automated to ensure transparency,” he said.

He said that NSC had been in the vanguard of anti-corruption and had since 2001 established a monitoring committee which performed similar function.

Mr Mohammed Rambo, Zonal Head of EFCC, charged everyone to come together to fight corruption, describing the task as a collective responsibility.

According to him, anywhere one is, he is an ambassador and a crusader to make Nigeria great again.

Our individual and collective resolve must foster attitudinal change, we should shun the acquiring of illicit wealth and embrace values that will lead to accountability and transparency at all levels.

All stakeholders should support the commission to break this chain of corruption in the country; it is our collective responsibility to take Nigeria out of the woods,” he said.

Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, Executive Director, NPA, said that awareness had been created and all parties should come together to fight the cankerworm that was eating deep into the country.

I believe that what is needed is for us to work together, strengthen collaboration, and be united to fight corruption out of the country.

For us to achieve this, we need to be transparent and accountable across board in all our operations and with whoever we are dealing with,” she said.

Bala-Usman said that civil societies had a strong role to play, as everyone had capacity to bring to the table and everyone must stand on the fact that corruption was not acceptable anymore.

Mr Victor Uwazulike, Director Internal Audit, NIMASA, urged everyone to be responsible in the place of work.

He said that delaying papers and work was a form of corruption.

We are in support of what is going on today as the agency has zero tolerance for corruption.

If one does his work very well, all this big grammar will not come to be; if papers come to your table, immediately treat it; give a customer attention when need be,” he said.

Uwazulike said that in the agency, an anti-corruption and transparency unit exists and is very active in checkmating illegal activities.

Edited by: Oluwole Sogunle

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Anti-Corruption Day: SERDEC urges citizens to hold leaders accountable



The Socio Economic Research and Development Centre (SERDEC), on Monday urged Nigerians to act responsibly, hold leaders accountable and take collective action against corruption.

Mr Tijani Abdulkareem, Executive Director of SERDEC, made the call at a news briefing in Lokoja after launching a campaign, tagged: ”#CorruptionNotMyDNA” to mark the 2019 International Day of Anti-Corruption.

NAN reports that the campaign with kick started with a Rally, tagged: ”’WorkOUT Corrupt Behaviour”, is aimed at mobilising citizens to frown against behaviours, practices, attitudes, social norms and values that promote corruption.

Abdulkareem said that the campaign was organised by SERDEC in partnership with African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ).

He called for collective action as part of global efforts to  ensure  united effort against corruption and galvanising effective citizen participation in the fight to curb corruption in our society.

”Tackling corruption is a collective responsibility and citizens should take the lead.

”Corruption denies millions of people around the world the prosperity, rights, services and employment which they desperately need and deserve. When corruption prevails, development is threatened,” he said.


”Most times, we see corruption as act perpetuated only within the circle a government.No, we are all indicted when we refuse to be responsible and hold our leaders accountable.

”We are all affected when we promote favouritism, tribalism, religious bias, bribery and pressurise our kinsmen occupying public position with dishonest demands.

”This leads to looting of the perceived national cake and we are all victims of bad road, insecurity, poverty, unemployment, bad leadership an infrastructural deficit which are the outcomes of corrupt societies.

He, therefore, advised citizens to stay #UnitedAgainstCorruption,  and change the narrative through change of behaviour that discouraged corruption. ”It is time to fight it with discipline, transparency, integrity and accountability.

SERDEC also urged government to mandate all schools in Nigeria to adopt anti-corruption code of conduct that would serve as a guiding tool for young people and regulate corrupt behaviours within the nation’s institutions.

”Fighting corruption is, therefore, not only an aim in itself but also the most effective way to ensure sustainable development and a better future.

”Together, lets neutralise the genetic code (DNA) of corruption in our society”.

Stakeholders at the meeting include: various NGOs, NOA, students, religious organisations, parents, media organisations, among others.

Pastor Ibitoye Jacob, CAN representative, lamented the recent rating of Kogi as the most corrupt state in Nigeria by National Bureau of Statistics, and urged the religious leaders to go back to the drawing board.

On his part Alhaji Isa Adeboye, a representative of Jama’a tu Nasril Islam (JNI), advised the youths to shun politics and find something tangible to do, stressing that “politics is not a career.“

A guest speaker, Mr Olushola Babalola, presented a paper entitled: ”Promoting Behavioural Change In Addressing Corruption in Nigeria: Roles of Social Norms, Attitudes and Values”.

Babalola urged government to advance the use of anti-corruption agencies such as ICPC, EFCC to proactively investigate corrupt practices with appropriate sanctions.

Edited by: Dada Ahmed

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