Lai Mohammed bemoans ‘unfair’ assessment of Buhari’s administration

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, has rejected the assessment of the Buhari
administration by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy
Centre (CISLAC).
Reacting to the current rating by CISLAC on Wednesday,
March 24, Mohammed described it as unfair and
CISLAC, a non-governmental organisation, had on March 23,
held a press briefing in Abuja where it allegedly accused the
Buhari-led administration of lack of transparency in the
recovery of stolen assets.
However, fielding questions from State House
correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday, the minister
dismissed CISLAC’s accusation, saying the assessment is
not truly a reflection of the realities on ground.
He said: “I think that I’m aware of that particular rating which
was not quite flattering to Nigeria, but our position, which
I’ve declared before is that that rating does not truly reflect
the great strides that the administration has made in the
area of fighting corruption.
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“The government has put in place various reforms in fighting
corruption, but some of these reforms will take time to yield
the desired results because the matrix used by TI is not just
about grafts alone.
“It includes how transparent or how opaque the services are
and you’ll find out that when we scored in the 2018, 2019
transparency reports, we realised that we scored very low in
the area of ease of doing business in particular.’’
The minister stated that the Federal Government had
embarked on various reforms aimed at tackling cases of
corrupt practices in both private and public sectors of the
economy to improve the country’s rating by the
Transparency International (TI).
“That is why the federal government embarked on reforms,
especially at the seaports, because that is one area where
we scored very low”.

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