Corruption in a military, a global challenge – TI
Transparency International on Thursday reiterated its position on the problem of corruption in military establishments across the globe, maintaining that corruption in military procurement was not peculiar to Nigeria, but a global challenge which undermines confidence in state institutions.
A Senior Advisor with the TI, Mr. Ian Andrews, said corruption in military establishments has become dangerous, divisive and wasteful with far reaching consequences on the state.
He, however, expressed confidence that the standard raised by Nigerian military institutions based on the approaches adopted by the present leadership would restore confidence and reposition the nation’s military for efficiency and effectiveness.
Andrews, who spoke at a one day Leadership Workshop organised by the Nigerian Air Force in conjunction with Transparency International and the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, supported his submission with developments in military institutions in Indonesia, Columbia, Uganda, Iraq and other nations.
He said with such an overview, corruption had become a global challenge that destroys institutions of state and undermines people’s confidence in governance.
Andrews said: “There is need to build integrity, confidence and resilience as important tools to combat the monster of corruption. This, of course will lead to operational effectiveness. In some countries I mentioned, this is being done and things have really improved.
“I am happy with your presentation, particularly the steps the Nigerian Air Force has taken to achieve transparency in the procumbent process and build confidence in its relationship with other institutions.
“What corruption is about today, it is not about exposing issues. It is not about us telling you what you need to do but we are here today to help you to understand the reasons and I learnt from the comments we had with officers. There is a great understanding to the challenge.
“It undermines the confidence and public trust in the constitution of the state and of the Armed Forces and it is wasteful because too much is spent on a lot of things which do not meet the needs of the Armed Forces.
“Corruption in the defence destroys the institution of the state and it is a huge global challenge that needs to be tackled. It is also a huge challenge facing the whole world.”
In his remarks, the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said following the 2014-2015 Report of Transparency International on Government Defence Procurement System, the present leadership of the NAF has carried out reforms to ensure transparency and integrity of the entire system.
Abubakar, who declared the workshop open at the NAF Headquarters, Abuja, said changes have been effected in the procurement process and procedure within the ambit of the Public Procurement Act 2007.