"ALL OF US HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THE CANCER OF CORRUPTION" - UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon

The International Anti-Corruption day which celebrates the world's strongest legal instrument to build integrity and fight corruption - the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) - was marked in Abuja at a grand finale event organized by the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on anti-corruption in partnership with UNODC and UNDP.

The global theme for this year's celebration " ACT - Against Corruption Today" recognizes that preventing and countering corruption requires a multi sectoral approach involving various stakeholders, particularly those outside the public sector such as civil society, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations.

The IATT Chairman, Professor Humphrey Asobie provided an overview of Nigeria's efforts to combat corruption over the years. This was followed by a key note address by the Honorable Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Mohammed Bello Adoke who reiterated his support to the National Anti-Corruption Strategy. The Honorable Minister committed to taking the lead in ensuring that the National Anti- Corruption Strategy reflects the true state of anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria and is approved by the Federal Executive Council before the end of the first quarter of 2012.

Representing the United Nations System in Nigeria, Ms. Mariam Sissoko, Representative of UNODC in Nigeria, conveyed the message of the United Nations Secretary General launched on the International Anti-Corruption Day. She also launched three sector studies produced by UNDP on combating corruption in the education, health and water sectors, which map out corruption risks, presents methods, tools, and good practices for tackling corruption from a global perspective. Ms. Sissoko revealed that a similar assessment in these sectors is also being conducted in Nigeria by the ICPC, TUGAR, and BPP with the support of the UN system in Nigeria.

A major highlight of the event was an interactive parley between the heads of anti-corruption agencies and participants. The event concluded with the final of the secondary school anti-corruption debate tournament.