The approval of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) by the Federal Executive Council on 5th July, 2017, evidences the continuous strides of the present administration to combat corruption in Nigeria. The main objective of the NACS is to identify and close existing gaps in the anti-corruption initiatives currently in place. The strategy is an insight into the government’s fight against corruption and it involves mainstreaming anti-corruption principles into governance and service delivery at national level (MDAs): The focus is on safeguarding accountability, transparency and integrity in the management of public property and public affairs in order to reduce the negative impact of corruption on governance and government service delivery. The strategy level seeks to monitor the MDAs on how to administer public property, manage public affairs and deliver services.
More so, the five concurrent pillars are:
(a) Prevention of Corruption: The key objective is to reduce gaps and vulnerabilities to corruption and institute a regime of transparency, integrity, and accountability measures in the private, public and Civil Society Organizations.
(b) Enforcement and Sanctions: The rationale is to detect, investigate and prosecute cases of corruption, ensure speedy adjudication in the judiciary and provide effective sanctions therewith.
(c) Public Engagement: The aim is to educate citizens on how to identify the signs of corruption as well as avenues to report cases of suspected corruption safely. This creates channels for safe public reporting of ethical breaches and corruption with measures put in place for credible handling of complaints.
(d) Campaign for Ethical Reorientation: This strategy aims to promote the establishment of ethical standards where they do not exist and improve the enforcement of such standards where they exist.
(e) Recovery of Proceeds of Corruption: This strategy seeks to focus on recovery and management of proceeds of crime as a deterrent to corruption and a vehicle for mobilizing public support for the anti-corruption agenda. (source: http://nials.edu.ng/index.php/2015-12-10-16-05-04/seminar/282-a-highlight-of-the-national-anti-corruption-strategy-nacs-for-nigeria).
On Monday, 3rd September 2018, Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami inaugurated a 17-man Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, to oversee the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, NACS. ANEEJ deputy executive director, Comrade Leo Atakpu, made the 17-man team. His appointment was no tea party. His is a 22-year track record of policy and advocacy-related developmental work. Atakpu is a seasoned technocrat who has traversed the development terrain like a veteran. The NACS will benefit from his wealth of experience in monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects.