President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed a Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption headed by Professor Itse Sagay, a prominent professor of law and civil rights activist.
A statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Femi Adesina said “the committee would advise the current government on the prosecution of the war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.”
Other members of the Committee include Professor Femi Odekunle, a professor of Criminology at the Ahmadu Bello University; Dr. (Mrs) Benedicta Daudu, an Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Jos; Prof. E. Alemika, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Jos; Professor Sadiq Radda, Professor of Criminology at Bayero University in Kano State; and Hadiza Bala Usman, a Civil Society Activist.
The final member, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, will double as the committee’s Executive Secretary
The group is also expected to develop comprehensive interventions for achieving its recommended reforms, the statement said.
Mr. Adesina also announced that in support of the Federal Government’s efforts, a $5 million Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund has been established by three international development partners: the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Foundation.
The Fund is aimed at assisting the implementation of key components of the Action Plan and the work of the Presidential Advisory Committee.
The fund will be managed by Trust Africa, an international development Civil Society Organisation with a program presence in more than 25 African countries.