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UPP wants anti-graft agencies strengthened

12 September 2013, 15:07

Abuja - The United Progressive Party (UPP) on Thursday called on the Federal Government to strengthen the capacity of the country's anti-graft agencies.

Ogbuehi Dike, UPP's Director of Publicity, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Dike said strengthening the agencies would bolster President Goodluck Jonathan's war against corruption and to enable him redeem his campaign pledges.

According to him, empowering the EFCC and ICPC would ensure effectiveness in the fight against corruption.

The spokesman of the party also advised the president not to succumb to recent calls by some Nigerians to scrap the anti-graft agencies.

"We in UPP want the retention of the agencies and strengthening of their capacity to fight corruption to the barest minimum rather than scrapping them.

"You cannot call for the scrapping of such sensitive agencies without alternative measures on ground however small,” he said.

Dike reminded the government on the need to address various development issues citizens were yearning for, such as provision of good roads, potable water, effective health care delivery system and qualitative education.

He also advocated for the amendment of perceived weak sections of the laws establishing the anti-graft agencies to enhance their performance.

"Government should demonstrate enough political will with improved funding for all the anti-graft agencies.

"All hands must also be on deck to assist government’s efforts to strengthen the anti-corruption bodies for efficiency,” Dike urged.

Besides, he charged the anti-graft agencies to increase their synergy in order to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of the current transformation agenda.

-  NAN


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