Nigeria’s former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has advised the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to make use of technology in their fight against corruption during an Africa CEO forum in the Ivory Coast, on Tuesday.
Iweala who is an astute member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was part of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan’s cabinet, during which she created several programs to help re-position the nation’s economy.
In her opinion, she urged President Buhari to embrace the use of technology as a method to checkmate the activities of corrupt political office holders while also not forgetting the fact that the present administration must punish any corrupt offender that goes against the laid down principles of the country.
“We have to fight corruption in two ways; one is by punishing those who steal, and making sure they pay for what they do. But we also must plug all the holes by building institutions and systems that prevent corruption in the first place. If you have a financial system for running your financial accounts that is not computerized, that is not technologically based, you’re still transferring cash, as we were doing in my country up until 2003, 2004,” she said .