These days, I hear people say that President Jonathan has done “nothing” to fight corruption in Nigeria.
When I hear this, two things easily comes to mind:
i) It’s either they don’t know the truth, or
ii) They are lying
For Nigeria to “beat” eight countries to become the 136th most transparent country in the world is not accidental. It happened for a reason.
Below are seven things the Nigerian president did to reduce corruption:
1) 40 YEARS OF CORRUPTION IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR ENDED WITHIN 90 DAYS:
Before President Jonathan (and his team) came on board, this was how fertilizers and seeds were distributed to government (and farmers):
– Fertilizer and seed suppliers will collect money from the government.
– Some bagged and supplied sands; others supplied under-sized bags. Seed suppliers bought grains from the market and supply as seedlings.
As a result, their supplies were useless. They collected government money and supplied fake products. To make matters worse, distribution was another problem. If the government gives distributors fertilizers and seeds to share, they will sell it.
So how did President Jonathan solve the problem?
Common phone…. Yes! COMMON PHONE.
The Federal Government distributed e-wallet installed phones to farmers. And how did these phones do the magic? Simple! Instead of getting supplies from the suppliers, the Federal Government pays the money directly into the farmers’ phones. The farmers buy the fertilizers themselves – after all, they know the original and fake fertilizers better – it’s their line of business.
N50 Billion Naira has been blocked from fertilizer money thieves. Also, local farmers started producing in full capacity. As a result, Nigeria has saved more than N700 Billion Naira of food import.
Punch – Phones Stop Corruption In Fertilizer Sector
The Nigerian Voice – President Jonathan Ends 40 Years of Corruption in Agric Sector
The Sun – Nigeria Loses N776bn to Corruption In Fertilizer Sector
2) PRESIDENT JONATHAN ORGANIZED THE FREEST, FAIREST AND MOST PEACEFUL AND CREDIBLE ELECTIONS EVER
“Electoral corruption is the mother of all corruptions” – President Goodluck Jonathan
When President Jonathan was sworn in as the Acting President in 2010, he vowed to fight electoral corruption to a stand-still.
How did he go about it?
– He enacted electoral laws and guidelines that were beyond manipulation.
– He created an electoral system that is manned by qualified, competent and efficient personnel.
– He conducted free, fair and credible elections.
Gubernatorial elections were acclaimed by both local and international observers as free, fair and credible in:
– Edo State
– Ondo State
– Anambra State
– Ekiti State
– Osun State
In these elections, only one state (Ekiti State) was won by the president’s party (the ruling party), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The major opposition, the All Progressives Congress (APC) won in two states (Edo and Osun), while the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) won in Anambra State, while the Labour Party (LP) won in Ondo State.
As a result, the confidence of most Nigerians in the electoral process has increased dramatically.
Little wonder many Nigerians are now interested in getting their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC).
Today’s Zaman – New Nigerian Leader Sworn In, Pledges Electoral Reform
Point Blank News – President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration’s War on Corruption
Vanguard – Gains of Electoral Reforms
3) 60,000 “GHOST” WORKERS EXPOSED
Between 2007 and 2010, the Federal Government built a new system for paying salaries, the IPPIS system. In 2012, President Jonathan (and his team) took it a step further. They used it to expose “ghost” workers.
By October 2014, they have discovered over 60,000. For years, these fake workers have been collectively carting away N160 Billion every year.
Impressively, the case has been transferred to Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) for further investigation and prosecution.
Leadership – FG Uncovers 60,000 Ghost Workers
4) N1.4 Trillion Worth of Public Sector Theft Blocked Through Import-Waiver Reforms
What’s Import waiver?
Simple! It is the tax (import duty) that the government removes on economic boosting goods – goods that boosts the economy like raw materials, machinery, spare parts, etc.
Before Jonathan (and his team) came on board, corrupt public officers heavily abused this system. They gave and received waivers on unapproved goods. Between 2011 and 2013, over N1.4 Trillion was lost.
As a result, the genuine importers whom the waiver was meant for hardly got it.
With the Jonathan reform in the sector, loopholes have been blocked.
New Telegraph – Okonjo Iweala: We Have Reformed Import-Waiver System
Punch – Import Waivers granted By Past Governments Lopsided – Okonjo Iweala
Nigeria Intel – Reforming the Import Waiver Regime
5) STEALING MONEY THROUGH GOVERNMENT CONTRACT IS NOW HARDER THAN EVER
In 2007, the Federal Government made a law that made it difficult for government contractors to steal money. It is called the Public Procurement Act.
As a result, FG have between 2009 and 2013, blocked N558 billion from getting to contract thieves. They even went as far as fishing out 180 contract-stealing companies. The case has been forwarded to anti-corruption agencies.
Premium Times: Nigerian Govt. urges States To Replicate Procurement Laws
6) ONGOING SANITIZATION OF THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR ALREADY YIELDING RESULTS
When President Jonathan came on board, he primarily focused on fighting corruption in 3 key areas:
– Electoral Corruption
– Fertilizer distribution corruption
– Corruption in the oil and gas sector
So far, war on “electoral corruption” and “fertilizer distribution corruption” has recorded tremendous success. But the oil and gas has been the hardest. Nevertheless, this is what he has achieved so far:
– He exposed the biggest scam ever in the history of Nigeria.
In 2011, he told Nigerians that there was huge corruption going on in the fuel subsidy sector. So, he took the subsidy money and put it in places where it will yield more dividends. Well, nobody understood him. So in January 2012, we all went on strike. To prove his point, a probe panel was set up. What did they discover? $6.8 billion (N108.8 billion naira) has been stolen in just 3 years.
Let us put things in perspective. What really is subsidy?
If a cup of garri is N300 and I pay N100 for you, then I have subsidized the garri – that is garri subsidy.
What is subsidy scam?
If the garri seller sells a cup of garri to you and then lie to me that he sold 10 cups – that is subsidy scam.
The subsidy money was used to create the SURE-p programme.
Below are the achievements:
– Used to support road construction: As a result, 17,000km out of the 23,000km of bad federal roads completed. It is only remaining 7,000km and the entire federal roads in Nigeria will become good.
– Support for Maternal Health: 600 health centres (mostly in rural communities) has already been built and equipped, while 700 is still under construction. Consequentially, maternal mortality has been reduced to 60%. Half a million women now give birth under the care of trained midwives.
– Increased water access: Over 620 boreholes have been built nationwide.
– Supports the fight against unemployment: SURE-p has been helping in the struggle to get jobs for the 22 million unemployed Nigerian youths. SURE-p has been working with (and paying) 2,000 youths across the country. 3,000 graduates have gotten jobs under the Graduates Internship Scheme (GIS). 5,075 youths are undergoing vocational training.
Furthermore, President Jonathan created and sponsored the most controversial bill in Nigeria’s history – the Petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB). In 2008, the presidency created and sent the PIB to the National Assembly (Nigeria’s legislative arm). The PIB is a bill that will block all the corruption loopholes and solve every other problem in the petroleum industry.
What happened to it?
It was vehemently rejected. On 18th July 2012, President Jonathan resent the bill. But up till now, legislation on the bill has not gone half way. By May 2015 (barely 4 months from now), this current National assembly will be dissolved. A new one will be set up and everybody will go back to square one. Hmmmn! You never knew corruption could fight back? Now you do!
As if that is not enough, President Jonathan has commissioned, and never stood on the way of any probe panel in almost every sector of the economy.
– AIG Imoukhuede Presidential Committee on verification and reconciliation of subsidy claims and payments.
– Petroleum revenue Special Task Force Committee
– The Steve Oronsanye Committee
– The Dotun Suleiman Committee
– The Kalu Idika Kalu Committee
– The N20Billion Naira Scam Probe
Nigerian Live TV – INCREDIBLE! Mr President and I are fighting corruption in the oil sector – Petroleum Minister, Diezani Allison-Madueke
Vanguard – Jonathan Insists On Fuel Subsidy Removal
One.org – FAQ: The Fuel Subsidy Protests In Nigeria
Nigeria Politico – Fuel Subsidy $6.8 Billion Scam: Nigeria’s Biggest Corruption Scandal Ever
The News – Appraising The gains Of SURE-p
African Arguments – Nigeria: Any Chance Of Progress On the Petroleum Industry Bill?
Mondaq – Nigeria: An Overview Of The Petroleum Industry Bill, 2012
Point Blank News – President Goodluck Jonathan’s Administration’s War On corruption
7) EFCC HAS PROSECUTED 427 CASES IN 3 YEARS
The Jonathan-led Federal Government strengthened the EFCC (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) and allowed the commission to do its job without restriction. As a result, 427 cases were prosecuted between 2012 and 2014.
Fraud in Nigeria reduced from N495 Billion to N300 Billion. Hence, EFCC saved the country N195 Billion. Sadly, most of the successfully concluded cases are:
– Advanced Fee Frauds (popularly known as 419)
– Internet Frauds
– Commercial Cases
Cases involving top government officials have dragged on for years. The EFCC has blamed this on the Judiciary. These officers (and politicians) frustrate the process. They manipulate the Judiciary with the wealth and influence they have acquired. Unfortunately, the presidency has very limited powers over the Judiciary.
Despite these challenges, President Jonathan has continued to use “advocacy” to push for the sanitization of the Judiciary. When he finally succeeds, every Nigerian – including the high and mighty – will truly become subject to the law.
Vanguard – Why EFCC Can’t Convict Big Thieves – Lamorde
Daily Trust – EFCC Records 110 Convictions This Year
President Jonathan’s approach to fighting corruption looks radically different. He has focused on strengthening institutions and blocking loopholes in the system. Where possible, he used technology.
Funny enough, this is how Denmark, New Zealand and Finland (The 3 Most transparent Countries in the world) rooted out corruption from their countries.
THIS IS A SPONSORED ARTICLE. IT WAS WRITTEN BY ANTHONY OBUEGBE.