OSINBAJO ADMITS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAVEN’T EFFECTIVELY TACKLED CORRUPTION
Written by Kaka Saratu Poga on March 20, 2018
In a departure from the mantra of the administration, Vice-President
Yemi Osinbajo Monday in Abuja admitted that the federal government is
yet to deal effectively with the menace of corruption in the country.
Speaking at the 7th Presidential Quarterly Business Forum for private
sector stakeholders at the State House conference centre, he said the
administration has been unable to deal decisively with corruption
because it is endemic and has fought back on all fronts.
He also criticised the administration of former President Goodluck
Jonathan, alleging that while it spent a paltry N14 billion on
agriculture in 2014, N15 billion on transportation, and only N153
billion on infrastructure in three years, it shared N150 billion two
weeks to the 2015 elections.
Osinbajo faulted the perceived taciturn nature of Nigerians on the
adverse effects of corruption on the nation’s economy, saying the
absence of unanimity on the impact of corruption was dragging the
country backwards and advocated a change of mindset.
In attendance at the event were the Ministers of Petroleum, Ibe
Kachikwu; Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udoma; Finance, Kemi
Adeosun; Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; and the
Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dipo Dipeolu.