President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a 7-man Presidential Advisory Committee on the War against Corruption (WAC) with a view to keeping his election campaign promise of fighting corruption in the country with all that it takes in order to bring sanity into governance.
Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, said that the committee is headed by Prof. Itse Sagay, a professor of law and civil rights activist.
Adesina explained that the WAC committee is to advise the administration on the prosecution of its anti-corruption war, the implementation of required Reforms in Nigeria’s Criminal Justice System and also develop comprehensive interventions for achieving recommended reforms.
Apart from Sagay, the committee comprises Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies would serve as its Executive Secretary.
Other members include Prof. Femi Odekunle, Professor of Criminology, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Dr Benedicta Daudu, Associate Professor of International Law, University of Jos, Prof. E. Alemika, Professor of Sociology, University of Jos; Prof. Sadiq Radda, Professor of Criminology, Bayero University, Kano, and Hadiza Bala Usman, a civil society activist.
According to the statement, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Foundation have already made five million dollars Reform Fund available in support of the administration’s anti-corruption and criminal justice reforms.
It added that the fund, which would be managed by Trust Africa, an international development civil society organisation with programme presence in more than 25 African countries, would assist in the implementation of key components of the Action Plan and the work of the Presidential Advisory Committee.