UK backs Nigeria drive against rampant graft

From EMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE United Kingdom has reiterated a pledge to support Nigeria combat corruption.
The West African country, the biggest economy and most populous nation in Africa, is battling innate graft.
Speaking in Abuja at a launch of an initiative to thwart corruption, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, maintained his country’s support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari,
which has prioritized the fight against the scourge.
“We owe this to the poorest people in the world. We owe it to ourselves,”Arkwright said.
“The world and our global economy can’t afford not to tackle corruption.
The UK continues to stand with Nigeria in this important process,” the envoy added.
He was speaking at the national launch of a study titled, “Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions.”
The Department for International Development, a UK government department responsible for administering overseas aid, commissioned and funded thenstudy by Chatham House.
“I acknowledge that merely understanding the social influences of corruption won’t eradicate corruption,” said Arkwright.
“However, it’s a crucial step in the journey of ensuring a collective action to do so. I firmly believe that, with the right effort, we can turn back the tide of corruption.”
Exactly a year ago, at the London Anti-corruption Conference, UK expressed its readiness to assist former colony Nigeria address graft.
“A year after, corruption still remains one of the biggest global issues of our time,” Arkwright said.
CAJ News

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