International Anti-Corruption Day Report
2010 Theme: GOOD STRATEGY 4 ZERO CORRUPTION
NIGERIA - The Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on anti-corruption in collaboration with UNDP and UNODC organized a 2 day program to mark the International Anti- Corruption day in Nigeria. The 2 day program comprised of an Anti-Corruption Day Rally on the 8th and a Grand Finale Event on 9 December. Representatives of the IATT (which comprises of 20 anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria) Federal Ministries, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Civil Society, Students, the diplomatic community, UNDP and UNODC participated in both events. This was the second of its kind where there was successful collaboration and cooperation among the Nigerian anti corruption agencies.
The theme for the 2010 Anti-Corruption Day in Nigeria was "Good Strategy 4 Zero Corruption". It focused on creating greater public enlightenment and engagement for the draft National Anti- Corruption Strategy that is being developed by the IATT.
8 DECEMBER 2010: ANTI-CORRUPTION RALLY
An anti-corruption rally took place at the old parade ground, Abuja on 8 December. It was attended by over 300 persons from both the public and private sector including students from 5 secondary schools in Abuja and UNODC. The Chairman of the IATT, Prof. Humphrey Asobie led discussions on corruption in Nigeria and the need for an Anti-Corruption Strategy. He stressed the adverse effect of corruption on the socio-political and economic climate of the nation. He declared that zero tolerance for corruption is the prerequisite for the successful efforts of any nation to combat this social evil. He added that this implied that the people must be integrally embedded in any meaningful national strategy for preventing and combating corruption.
The Head of the Technical Unit on Governance and Anti- Corruption Reforms (TUGAR) Ms. Lillian Ekeanyawu, provided the participants with an overview of the framework and design of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy. She traced the numerous anti-corruption efforts that have been adopted by the federal government since independence and elaborated on the tripod mechanism of the strategy. She concluded that the strategy would be fully developed in 2011 and sought the cooperation and assistance of all participants for the successful implementation of the strategy. Good will messages and solidarity speeches were presented by various anti-corruption agencies, union leaders and development partners. Following the speeches an interesting and entertaining dance drama was presented by the troupe from the Abuja cultural centre. The dance drama featured several drama sketches focused on various forms corruption that exist in Nigeria e.g. bribery, electoral rigging, inflation of contracts and receipt of kickbacks etc.
9 DECEMBER 2010: GRAND FINALE EVENT
On 9 December 2010, the Grand Finale event of the International Anti Corruption Day held at the National Centre for Women Development Abuja. The Chairman IATT, Prof. H.A. Asobie, gave the welcome address and urged Nigerians to stand up to corruption. His address entitled "Good Strategy for Zero Corruption: Thinking outside the Box in Setting the Agenda for Nigeria's Anti-Corruption Activities," noted that the time had come for everybody to think outside the box as corruption in Nigeria changed and multiplied. He added that those found guilty of corruption should be adequately punished and persuaded the CCB to publish the assets of public officers before and after they vacate public office in the name of transparency.
The Hon. Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Bello Adoke, delivered the keynote address and assured Nigerians that the government is dedicated to the fight against corruption in Nigeria. Thereafter, the UNODC Country Representative, Ms. Dagmar Thomas, delivered her remarks. The goodwill message by Comrade Peter Esele - President TUC, stressed the need to educate Nigerians by re - introducing fundamental key values of the Nigerian society since values tend to shape the thoughts of an average man. He urged that only men of character should be voted into power at the upcoming 2011 Elections, and left with a parting statement for Nigerians - " do something or something go do you"!
Mr. Sam Saba - Director General (DG) CCB, Mrs Farida Waziri - Chairman EFCC, Engr. Eze - DG BPP, and Ms. Onuogu - Representative of the ICPC, delivered the progress report of their individual agencies. Ms. Waziri assured all that corrupt foreign investors will be sought out by the EFCC, and encouraged all Nigerians to join the fight against corruption; she said all hands must be on deck - team work is key for a successful Nigeria. Mr. Sam Saba corroborated Ms. Waziri's speech by stating that "the anti- corruption fight belongs to the people". Engr. Eze also encouraged whistle blowers to report to the BPP.
Ms. Lilian Ekeanyanwu, Head TUGAR, delivered the presentation on the Framework of the National Strategy and this was followed by a presentation by Mr. Monday Osasa, on the "National Strategy to Combat Corruption, Public Engagement and the 2011 General Elections" where he relayed that the IATT were busy building public ownership for the developing National Anti - Corruption Strategy.
The grand finale events also featured a debate between The Turkish International School and Regis Pacis Girls Secondary School Abuja. Regina Pacis Girls Secondary School won the competition opposing the motion that the immunity clause shold remain in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The winners were awarded a grand prize of N60, 000 while the Turkish International School were given a second prize sum of N40, 000.
As a final item on the agenda, Mr. Chibuzo Ekwekwuo, CEO of the HOMEVIDA, made a presentation on the novel media and awards initiative for promoting core national values. He invited all present to attend the Award Ceremony scheduled to hold at the Silver-bird Galleria in Abuja, at 6pm that evening.
The HOMEVIDA Integrity award was chaired by the Hon. Minister for Information and Communications, Dr. Dora Akunyili. UNODC Country Representative Ms. Dagmar Thomas delivered a goodwill message at the award ceremony and assured HOMEVIDA of UNODC's. support in the coming year. With this, the Anti corruption Day Celebrations 2010 was brought to a close and these events were widely covered in both the print and electronic media.