Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in Abuja restated his commitment to build strong institutions to tackle corruption and bring perpetrators of graft in the country to justice.
Speaking at his official declaration for a second term bid, Jonathan said that he was determined and focussed to eradicate corruption in other sectors as he did in the agricultural sector.
He said that his administration had weeded out 56 000 ghost workers from the federal civil service through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), saving N162 billion in the process.
"I have directed the ICPC to bring the perpetrators of this criminal act to book, let it be very clear that as public officers, we must live by example.
"We must fully account for monies entrusted in our care,’’ the president told a mammoth crowd of supporters, party leaders and members at the Eagle Square, venue of the declaration rally.
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Jonathan, who highlighted the achievements of his administration in all sectors of the economy, unveiled his plans to build on the foundation and move the nation toward a more prosperous future.
In the health sector, he recalled how the country was able to defeat the Ebola virus disease with the support of governments of Lagos and Rivers states as well as other Nigerians.
He said that just as Ebola was stopped, the country was on its way to eradicating Polio.
He added that he would not hand over polio to his successor.
On education, Jonathan said that his administration established 14 new universities out of which two were specialised.
He said that over N500 billion had been spent through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Special Needs Assessment Fund on various projects to improve the quality of educational infrastructure at the tertiary level.
He added that his administration had established 150 almajiri schools across the northern states to provide equal access and opportunities in education.