Osinbajo: Don’t Give Bribe to Get Driver’s Licence, Passport

Osinbajo: Don’t Give Bribe to Get Driver’s Licence, Passport

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that there is no reason why any Nigerian should give bribe to law enforcement agents whether for obtaining driver’s licence, passport or to clear goods at the ports. NAN quoted Osinbajo as stating this on Tuesday in Abuja while declaring open the anti-corruption conference tagged “Collaborative Approach to Eradicating

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that there is no reason why any Nigerian should give bribe to law enforcement agents whether for obtaining driver’s licence, passport or to clear goods at the ports.
NAN quoted Osinbajo as stating this on Tuesday in Abuja while declaring open the anti-corruption conference tagged “Collaborative Approach to Eradicating the Evils of Corruption in Nigeria.’’
The conference was organised by the Office of the Vice President and the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC).
Quoting PricewaterhouseCoopers, Osinbajo said Nigeria’s 2030 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could be up to 534 billion dollars higher if it reduced corruption.
He said it did not matter how much revenue a country made or how transformative its plans were in the presence of corruption because corruption would ensure that the majority of the people did not benefit from it or simply truncate the plan.
According to him, in spite of the highest oil revenues in Nigeria’s history, debt doubled and poverty figures rose as a result of corruption.
He said that the administration was not slightly deluded into thinking that it had won the battle against corruption as it was tackling grand corruption first.
“By that we mean the stealing of huge public resources directly from the treasury; usually at the highest levels of executive authority; and the stealing of budgeted funds through various schemes.’’
The Vice-President said that the enforcement of Treasury Single Account(TSA), the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, and even ensuring that most civil servants were on the IPPIS electronic platform had helped greatly to control official theft of public funds. The vice president said that the judiciary also moved the needle in recent times.
“The Supreme Court in a lead judgment of Akaahs JSC, recently held that forfeiture under Section 17 of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act is a civil process which neither requires the criminal conviction of the property owner nor his innocence.
“This opens the door for forfeiture of assets that the purported owner cannot explain, whether or not an allegation of corruption is made.
“We are now poised to deal with the wider problem of systemic corruption; especially where the average person interacts with government.

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