Corruption level in Nigeria exaggerated – Jonathan ……Tribune

IN an apparent reaction to the excitement of opposition over a reported United States (US) Congress report, which reportedly confirmed mass corruption at all levels of government in Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday, assured that such claims of corruption in the country were over-amplified.

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) had, in a statement at the weekend, observed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the government it controlled were at the centre as a “cesspool of corruption,” following the report submitted to the US Congress by Secretary of State, John Kerry.

However, speaking at the Presidential Power Reform Transaction signing ceremony at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Jonathan pointed out that the way government business was conducted in the country had led to a reduction in corruption in the country.

Jonathan was presiding over the handing over of payment certificates to bidders who had successfully paid down the first (25 per cent) instalment of the purchase for five of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) successor generating companies (GENCOs).

He also gave out payment certificates to the bidders that had successfully paid down the first (25 per cent) instalment of the purchase for 10 of the PHCN successor distribution companies (DISCOs).

Citing fertiliser distribution and the power sector, President Jonathan noted that government had since cleaned them up through various transparent initiatives that had been attested to by the private sector and, therefore, pleaded with all Nigerians to see the country as their own.

The president said the signing ceremony underscored the commitment of his administration to transparency, its renewed emphasis on inclusiveness in core transactions and sustenance of  the current tempo of transformation in the power sector.

Jonathan noted that the signing signalled a major step forward in the implementation of power sector roadmap, while commending all private sector players for their commitment to and confidence in the Nigerian economy.

“What we have done so far and will continue to do is to set the rules of the game and act as a responsible facilitator and regulator,”  he stressed.

Jonathan assured that “this government cares about you and will not rest until you can sleep well at night without the irritating noise of generators.”

In his remarks, Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, said the government was expecting to add additional generation capacity of about 2,200 megawatts from the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) before the end of 2013.

He said the Federal Government was also investing to boost generation through the large, medium and small hydros, with total capacity of over 4,234 megawatts, which include Zungeru, 700mw; Mabilla, 3,050mw; Gurara 2, 360mw; Itsi, 40mw and Small Hydro Power, 84mw.

Nebo added that a total capital outlay of $3.4 billion was required up to 2016 to bring the country’s transmission grid to evacuate the generated power, noting that government was working out the funding of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) long term expansion plan.

In her speech, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs Diezani Alison-Madueke, said the event was yet another milestone, not only in the act of executing agreements, but also a testimony to the holistic approach the administration had taken in solving in a sustainable manner, gas supply and development in Nigeria.

 JD:This statement from the President now puts into perspective the reason why the government has a lackluster attitude towards the fight against corruption in Nigeria.If the president feels that with all we know about corrupt practices,with all we hear day in day out of corrupt practices including self confessed actions,with his own action in pardoning a convicted felon,who still has questions to answer in other countries around the world ,that world reaction and perception of corruption in Nigeria is exaggerated,then he has given us just another reason to look elsewhere in 2015.The man just doesn’t have it!

 

5 Comments

  1. UJC, GEJ’s reaction that should have been elicited was that of a call to action. He should have assured both local and international ears of his action plans to make all anti corruption agencies bite really hard, setting up of special court for corruption and his planned parley with the judiciary for cooperation. Instead, he chose the path of dishour and brought us all into disrepute. It becomes just sad to note that such a person will one day sit in the Council of ex-presidents to counsel the incumbent. The council should be removed from our polity cuz as its currently constituted with the likes of IBB and in future with GEJ what good would come out of it. If they need work post ruling, we would soon and its gonna be hard labour in prisons.

  2. MR JD
    One can see GEJ stance clearly, he is always at home when something good is said about his fight on corruption. Remember the last media chat were he said that transparency International commended his works on corruption ( which was later faulted).
    he always claims to be fighting corruption yet his action speaks otherwise.

  3. Its unfortunate that we have degenerated to the level, were a president will see “white” & say it looks like white or some other colour. Its annoying & also an insult to Nigerians. I gave up on him when a question on security & terrorism was brought to him by news-men and he said “Nigeria is not immuned to terrorism,that is a reality we all have to manage and live with…”. while his fellow in the US, told the world after the Boston bombing that “we refused to be terrorized…” That’s hope,in the face of problem. Obama said that to give people reason to believe in his leadership. You dont need to be a “General of the army” to make such proclamation, as a president. Courage & will is what your govt need, to rid Nigeria of corrupt elements. I really dont know how we got here…

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