By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday announced a Presidential Advisory Committee in furtherance of his determination to fight corruption in Nigeria.
The PAC is headed by Professor Itse Sagay, a prominent professor of law and civil rights activist.
The Committee will advise Buhari in his war against corruption and the implementation of required reforms in Nigeria’s criminal justice system.
Other members of the Committee which is also expected to develop comprehensive interventions for achieving recommended reforms are:
Prof. Femi Odekunle, Professor of Criminology, Ahmadu Bello University; Dr. (Mrs) Benedicta Daudu, Associate Professor of International Law, University of Jos; Prof. E. Alemika, Professor of Sociology, University of Jos; Professor Sadiq Radda; Professor of Criminology, Bayero University, Kano; Hadiza Bala Usman, Civil Society Activist and Professor Bolaji Owasanoye from Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies who will serve as Executive Secretary of the Committee.
Meanwhile, Buhari’s is gaining support in far away U.S. Already an Anti-Corruption and Criminal Justice Reform Fund has been established by three international development partners namely the Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Open Society Foundation.
The $5 million fund is to assist 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 programme presence in more than 25 African countries.