Nigerian govt. orders MDAs to comply with OGP

Nigerian govt. orders MDAs to comply with OGP

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Despite criticisms by opposition groups about no major conviction recorded against alleged perpetrators of corruption, the federal government on Monday reeled out steps taken to stop ‘grand corruption’ in the country in the last three years.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, at the opening session of the 2018 Open Government Partnership (OGP) Week in Abuja said one of the key achievements of the administration was “pushing the frontiers of transparency and accountability in government.”

Mr Osinbajo said one of the steps the administration took to tackle corruption in the country was to establish the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), to coordinate the reform efforts.

Although the Treasury Single Account (TSA) system was inherited from the previous administration as a mere idea, without any committed implementation, government has since expanded it to reach almost 100 per cent compliance, he said.

Apart from joining the OGP, he said government has since 2016 developed a National Action Plan to improve transparency, accountability and citizen participation at other levels of governance.

Besides, he said, government also established a Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) under the Federal Ministry of Finance, to clean up the federal payroll and pensions systems, across all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Consequently, he said PICA helped the government save more than N200 billion by eliminating ghost workers, while the government Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) was being rolled out, to plug the loopholes against payroll fraud.

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