Two anti-corruption bodies, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the National Anti- Corruption Commission of the Republic of Cameroon (NACC) have called for cooperation among African countries to tackle the problem of corruption in the continent.
Heads of the two agencies, Mr. Ekpo Nta (ICPC) and Rev. Dr. Dieudonne Massi Gams (NACC) jointly made the call at ICPC’s headquarters in Abuja. They noted that Africa is ripe to come up with its own collaborative mechanism that would help solve the menace of corruption across the continent.
Massi Gams, who was on a visit to ICPC, alongside top management of his organisation explained that he was in Nigeria to understudy ICPC’s work, with a view to improving on his organisation’s operations back home.
He said: “I think is it useful for us to learn what you are doing to combat corruption, because the fight against corruption is global. But we need to first centralise it in the continent, if we must go on to make our lives better.
“Before now, we used to look to the West for solutions, but now, we have the option of learning from one another by creating a southern bloc. We need to see if it is possible to sign a convention of cooperation by African countries against corruption.
The ICPC Chairman described in details the various preventive initiatives the Commission is deploying to rid the country of corruption.
He spoke about the Anti-corruption and Transparency Units (ACTUs) domiciled in government establishments; the System Study and Review tool, the Corruption Risks Assessment initiative and a host of others.