The convener of the Niger Delta Self Determination Movement(NDSDM) Miss. Annkio Briggs advised the Nigerian government at all levels not to issue any statement as the rest of the world commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day today.
She made her position known to newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. She believes that the Nigerian government at all levels has done almost nothing to stop the scourge of corruption that has eaten deep into the fabrics of all the institutions of government.
The Niger Delta Rights Activist marveled at why a government that rose to power on a well-publicized campaign with lofty promises on how they will fight corruption to a standstill when elected into office.
According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day is an opportunity for us to recommit to collective action in preventing and addressing corruption, as we reflect on the devastating consequences of #COVID-19 on governance institutions, the economy, and society.
She further said that it is shocking that several international donor organizations at different instances have donated funds, food items, and other valuables to the Nigerian government to help cushion the effect of the pandemic on the people but the presidency cannot even account for it.
The vocal voice in the struggle for resource ownership in the Niger Delta also called on the presidency not to supervise the injustice being meted on the Niger Delta region on the issue of natural resources and derivation, citing the Zamfara state gold mining were the state is keeping 100% of the revenue to themselves while the same system gives the Niger Delta region that feeds the entire country 13%, to her, this is alone is corruption and it is unacceptable.
In her own words, ”it is a grave injustice for a government that claims to fight corruption to supervise and drive this ugly trace of corruption against the Niger Delta”
The International Anti-Corruption Day was first marked on the 9th of December 2005 to create awareness on the issue of corruption and how to collectively reduce the impact to the lowest minimum.
This year’s International Anti-Corruption Day theme ‘Recover with Integrity’ emphasizes the urgent need for countries to ensure that anti-corruption is an integral part of all sustainable development efforts, to build greater and sustainable economies, end poverty, invest in women and youth empowerment, promote gender equality, provide Universal Healthcare Coverage, and foster resilient and inclusive institutions and societies. (UNDP) .
As we collectively strive To RECOVER with INTEGRITY, we need to stand #UnitedAgainstCorruption.