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December 10, 2015

NBA to assist anti-graft agencies in tackling corruption issues

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By Innocent Anaba

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Anti-Corruption Commission, has promised to assist the anti-corruption agencies and related bodies in the country on ways and means to duly and effectively tackle corruption issues with dispatch.

Dr. Theophilus Osabakpo, SAN, Chairman, NBA-Anti Corruption Commission, who spoke during activities to mark the International Anti- Corruption Day, said: “In marking this very important global event, the NBA Anti-Corruption Commission recognises that corruption is endemic in the Nigerian state. Therefore, the Commission is using this medium as its engagement process and advocacy programme to evolve a clear architecture on ways and means to effectively tackle corruption so as to promote the common good in Nigerian environs.

“At the inauguration of our Commission on February 4, 2015, by Mr. Augustine Alegeh, SAN, the President of NBA, we decided that charity begins at home, hence directed all the 109 branches of NBA to establish Anti-Corruption Committees in their respective branches. The objective is to enable the branches to deal with corruption issues affecting their members in their environs.

“As part of our engagement process and advocacy programme, we anchored a conference in Abuja within four months of our inauguration to brainstorm on how best to address corruption issues in our clime. The overriding objective is to evolve a process and a system to assist the anti-corruption agencies and related bodies on ways and means to duly and effectively tackle corruption issues with dispatch.”