CORRUPTION THE MOST PRESSING PROBLEM FACING AFRICA, SAYS AU COMMISSION CHAIR

ADDIS ABABA, Corruption is undoubtedly the most pressing governance and development challenge which confronts Africa today as its debilitating and corrosive effects reverse hard-won developmental gains and threaten progress, stability and development of the continent, says African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat.

He said this at a ceremony to mark African Anti-Corruption Day, which is dedicated to giving prominence to the fight against corruption on the continent observed on Tuesday.

A statement from the AU Commission here quoted Mahamat as noting with appreciation the African continent’s fight against corruption, which “marks an important step towards the Africa we want to see”.

He emphasized the need to wage an aggressive fight against those who practise corruption and institutions which benefit from the proceeds of corruption in order to restore public trust in institutions on the continent.

He also urged all AU member States which have not yet done so, to ratify and accede to the AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC) in order to solidify the continent’s political commitment towards a corruption-free, citizen-driven, democratically governed Africa, as envisioned by the continent’s “Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want”.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK