400 convicted for corruption in four years, says Sambo

VICE President Mohammed Namadi Sambo said Sunday night that over 400 persons have been convicted for corrupt practices within the last four years.

The disclosure was made while the Vice President was participating at a debate organised for vice presidential candidates in Abuja.

Sambo also stated that eliminating the menace of corruption would only succeed if people were prevented from gaining access to resources that could tempt them to steal money.

“Corruption has become a cancer and we have to do a thorough review of its causes. We had to stop undue access to recess. This was what we did in the agricultural sector where we saved over N100 billion,” he said.

Sambo also disclosed that government had reached an advanced stage in privatising the Ajaokuta Steel Company pointing out that the initial issues of litigation had been overcome.

The Vice President also declared that the economic policies of the Goodluck Jonathan administration had started recording positive signs for the nation.

He named the economic policies, which include the national infrastructural policy, national industrial policy like the Sugar, Rice policy.

Promising a more robust economy in the next few months, Sambo said if Jonathan was re-elected, Nigeria’s economy would be among the best.

Vice Presidential Candidate of the Kowa Party, Seidu Bobboi, who participated with Sambo in the debate said there was need for selfless leadership committed to the need to uplift the living standard of the people.

He said the immunity of elected persons in the executive arm of government would be removed if his party was voted into power.

In his own opinion, Vice Presidential Candidate of the United Progressive Party, Bello Umar, disclosed that his party would go into nuclear energy agreement with other countries if voted into power to put an end to the problem of power.