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Roses are red
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Nigeria will always “fight” corruption
But we need more action!
The Federal Government has approved a bill for the management of assets recovered from corruption.
If this bill is signed into law, the “Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Act” will create an agency that will control all the assets that are gotten from corruption in Nigeria.
How Is This Different From What We Have Always Had?
Before now, because assets recovered from corruption are distributed across different agencies, including with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC), and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
If the bill is passed by the National Assembly, this new agency will be in charge of all recovered funds, assets and properties, so that they can be centralised in one place.
Have We Seen This Movie This Before?
Well, not exactly.
So, will someone finally be jailed? Will Abacha’s gateman finally be poorer than Dangote?
That’s for the EFCC. But this agency is to ensure recovered stolen funds are properly accounted for.
More agencies do not mean less corruption.
Jail some people, recover funds, fix infrastructure with those funds. That’s how we will know that we are winning the corruption fight, for once.
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