The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that he believes in a transparent government where the identities of looters are revealed, stressing that such system would prevent corrupt persons from contesting elections in future.
Speaking in Abuja during a stakeholders meeting on the London summit on anti-corruption and the Open Government Partnership, OGP, the former Rivers governor challenged Nigerians to hold government accountable by asking relevant questions and demanding satisfactory answers.
“I believe in name and shame and an open government. What name and shame does is to prevent such people for vying for public office,” he said, noting however that it is disservice to any public official when people to make unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against them.
In his remarks, the deputy High Commissioner of the British High commission, Simon Shercliff noted that corruption is the cancer at the heart of so many of the world’s problems.
“No country is immune from corruption and so governments need to work together to tackle it successfully,” he said.
Shercliff pointed out that the problem of corruption needed to be faced with all sincerity and not mere lip service.
The meeting is aimed at bringing together public and private sector, and civil society organisations.