President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday says the fight against corruption by the present Administration is yielding results and appreciated by the people.
The President who stated this while addressing the nation on Democracy Day in Abuja, said the fight against corruption was one of the key agenda of his government.
“The second primary objective of this Administration is to fight corruption headlong. Like I have always said, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will destroy the country.’ Three years into this Administration, Nigerians and the international community have begun to applaud our policies and determination to fight corruption”.
“We are more than ever before determined to win this war, however hard the road is. I, therefore, appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians to continue to support us in this fight,” President Buhari said in his Democracy Day speech to the people.
The President enumerated various measures taken to reduce corruption and block loopholes to include the recovery of N500billion through the Whistle-Blowing Policy introduced by the federal government.
He noted that Treasury Single Account (TSA) has generated billions of naira and that N200billion has also been saved from elimination of ghost workers from the payroll in public service.
President Buhari said that Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit which was set up to validate controls, assess risks, prune personnel costs, and ensure compliance with Public Financial Management reforms.
He revealed that through reforms, the government was able to identify and remove over 52,000 ghost workers from its Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) payroll.
He explained that the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) was aimed at expanding tax education and create awareness.
“The fight against corruption through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has resulted in recoveries of Billions of Naira, as well as forfeiture of various forms of assets. This alongside other efforts has improved Nigeria’s international image and regional cooperation,” he maintained.
President Buhari added that about 8.2 million pupils are currently being fed from 24 States of the Federation with over 75,000 Catering Staff engaged under the programme through Home Grown School Feeding Programme.