UNDP to continue stengthening anti-corruption programmes in Nigeria - Mandisa Mashologu

Dec 10, 2015

Statement delivered at a seminar to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day 2015

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On behalf of our Country Director, I am honoured for the opportunity to deliver this Goodwill Message at this auspicious occasion, as we commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day, to raise awareness on the ills of corruption, and the significant role that Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) can, should and continue to play in holding institutions, systems and individuals to account. The timeliness of this Seminar cannot be over-emphasized, especially when anti-corruption and accountability is a critical priority for the Government and people of Nigeria, and CSOs’ are setting the agenda and advocacy to enhance the fight against corruption.

The support of the UNDP to this event, which is being implemented within the framework of the EU-funded Project on “Support to Anti-corruption in Nigeria”, is aimed at strengthening CSOs’ coordination in the fight against corruption in Nigeria. UNDP and its partners, UNODC and the EU are therefore excited to continue working with all relevant CSO stakeholders in expanding the scope of their engagements with anti-corruption agencies, and law enforcement institutions. Our main goal is to expand opportunities for them to make a positive impact in the anti-corruption crusade.

UNDP in implementing the project has so far engaged with non-government actors involved in social mobilization against corruption, ranging from relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies to civil society networks and has assisted to give technical assistance to coordinate and support the CSO networks and relevant stakeholders.

The expected result of the project is that the supported Civil Society Organizations will be empowered, and their participation in anticorruption activities will be enhanced with the ultimate objective that the Nigerian population will benefit from better delivery of public services through improved management of public resources and reduced corruption.

The recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, which were crafted in a far more consultative manner than the Millennium Development Goals, has shown the importance of good governance and accountability in shaping the world we want. This is enshrined in the goals on prosperity (Goals 7 - 11) – in which all human beings have the right to enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives, and in Goal 16 – which is to “promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels”.  The specific reference of peaceful, just and inclusive societies in the SDGs recognizes that corruption, lack of transparency and accountability in governance remain critical challenges to development goals.

We as UNDP remain committed in supporting CSOs, Government and the people of Nigeria in addressing this critical challenge through a multi-dimensional and integrated approach.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I wish to congratulate you and urge us to use this year’s event as another opportunity to explore the new and emerging opportunities available to support the fight against corruption, by working hand in hand with the Government, particularly through the Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption.

Let me conclude by reaffirming that the UNDP and its partners, UNODC and the EU will continue to strengthen this anti-corruption programme with CSOs and the Government of Nigeria. Together, we will continue to work towards a corruption- free Nigeria.   

Thank you for your kind attention.

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