Highlighting Nigeria’s fight to sanitise its petroleum sector, the Department for International Development (DFID) yesterday hailed the federal government’s anti corruption fight. It stated that United Kingdom support had helped Nigerians to recover 8 billion pounds of stolen cash and assets.
The UK Government Minister in the DFID, Stephen O’Brien, gave the commendation during an interaction with Farouk Lawan, Chairman ad-hoc Committee on the fuel subsidy programme at the House of Representatives.
“The UK supports Nigeria’s fight against corruption. We welcome recent efforts by the Nigerian government to address corruption in the petroleum sector. We hope that these efforts will be diligently executed and appropriate follow-up action will be taken.
“Corruption is a global challenge. It is bad for business; corruption has been found to add costs equivalent to a 20 percent tax. Waste of public resources means less funding for health, education or job creation,” O’Brien said.
Lawan on his part expressed the resolve of the lower House in tackling corruption in various sectors of the nation’s economy through oversight.
He also solicited for continued support of all development partners in the education sector.