The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, has said Nigerians should expect a never-before-seen rate of convictions for public sector corruption under the current administration.
The minister disclosed this in a statement while speaking at a town hall meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
He also said that the Muhammadu Buhari led administration had tackled corruption at its core in the past two years.
“Let me say straightaway that in giving this mid-term report, I am convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that this administration has a story to tell, a story of achievements that – if we are able to continue along this path will stand the test of time and put our dear nation on the path of sustainable growth and development,” the minister said.
“We have taken on corruption at its core. There are more prosecutions and there will be more convictions for public sector corruption than Nigeria has ever seen.
“We have acted to address the leakages in government spending that make corruption possible. Through the zero- based budgeting and the Treasury Single Account (TSA), the government’s efficiency unit and the hugely successful whistle-blower policy.”
The minister also said corruption has reached an “unacceptable” height, that it is necessary to address it to ensure future prosperity.
“At the same time, corruption levels in our society had become completely unacceptable. The brazenness and impunity of those involved, and the lack of accountability at all levels of society had to be addressed if we were to create the foundations for future prosperity,” he said.
“That future prosperity, for all Nigerians, was the overriding objective of the administration. We were, and remain, 100% committed to delivering an economy that enables all Nigerians to achieve their ambitions, no matter how big or small.”