Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has pledged Government’s total support to making the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), a training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), the best anti-corruption training school in Africa, noting that it has become necessary in order to help Nigeria and other African countries deal with the massive problems of corruption on the continent.
Buhari, who made the pledge at the opening ceremony of the training workshop on Corruption Risk Assessment (CRA) for heads of anti-corruption agencies in Africa noted that fight against corruption was a battle for the soul of different countries in Africa that must be won, and that CRA being championed by ICPC was a good tool for ensuring the success of the battle.
He said, “ACAN has earned our support as it moves to become a focal centre for anti-corruption studies in Africa.”
President Buhari called on the participants from over 30 Africa Union (AU) member countries to domesticate the CRA template, stressing that the training can only be meaningful if the Assessors are put to work back in their countries.
Earlier, the Acting Chairman of ICPC, Dr Musa Abubakar, in an address of welcome, noted that the introduction of CRA by ICPC had helped government to block avenues for corruption in its financial systems.
Dr Abubakar listed some of the areas where the Commission had conducted CRA to include the ports sector, Nigerian international airports and selected Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDA) which had led to a significant reduction of opportunities for corruption in Nigeria.
Stressing the need for CRA training, the ICPC boss stated, “When loopholes and leakages in the systems are plugged, people will be denied access to public funds and as such will not have the opportunity to misappropriate it.
“This is against pursing individuals after the deed is done, an action that drains a lot of resources amidst challenges that create uncertainty of outcomes. To this end, ICPC stands on the principle that an ounce of prevention is worth more than a tonne of remedy.”