By Kamal Ololade Ahmed
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN on Thursday in Abuja launched the Central Database on recovered assets under the Asset Tracing, Recovery and Management Regulations (ATRM) and Central Criminal Justice Information System under the National Anti-Corruption Strategy ( NACS) .
Speaking during the launch, Malami said “What we are witnessing today is a product of our commitments, as a Government towards the fight against corruption with particular reference to our membership of international organisations inclusive of financial action Task Force, open Government Partnership targeted at deepening transparency within this context of United Nations Convention Against Corruption. The Database that will be put in place will ensure uniformity of process and real time access and information feeding.”
He added that “ We have established that committement through inclusion of civil society organizations, in our fight against corruption, enrolled as members of Open Government Partnership, Establish Legal Framework that establish Anti-Corruption Agencies and we are now committed in deploying technology to deepen our transparency; that is what the Central Database we are launching here today is all about.”
The Minister said “This present administration has yet, set another pace and I extend my gratitude to His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the opportunity to serve under his cabinet to achieve this milestone.”
He pledged that “ We will, working together, establish and re-enact transparency and accountability in Governance and management of our resources which we have committed to do by way of strengthening International Cooperation of our membership of Open Government Partnership.”
He reassured stakeholders that “the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice under my watch is working on deploying the technology to every nook and corners of the Federation to enable the relevant stakeholders key into this 21st Century technology in Nigeria which guarantees transparency and ensures there is accountability on the part of public officers.”