By Musa Baba Adamu
The Senate yesterday said elimination of human to human contacts through the use of technology in running government businesses remains the best way to fight against corruption in Nigeria.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, gave this position yesterday when he was conferred as Patron by the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (CIFIPN) at the National Assembly complex.
In his remarks shortly after receiving the honour, Lawan said also that using technology to bridge the human activities in government businesses which breed corruption, has become expedient given that the world today is driven by technology.
“By this move, you are calling the attention of the Senate to your noble anti-corruption objective. Through the Senate, and the National Assembly, a greater number of citizens can additionally appreciate your efforts.
“The fight against corruption is worthy, considering the damage it is causing. The angle from which the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (CIFIPN) is coming from, is surely a practical approach.
“It is practical because it seeks to provide skills to relevant professionals on the use of science and technology to prevent, detect, and to investigate corruption. It also envisages mechanisms against re-occurrence.
“This anti-corruption framework can enhance the prosecution and sanctioning process. We have emphasized prevention as a good route to reducing corruption, given the tendency of individuals to exploit weaknesses in systems.
“People are more likely to take advantage of loopholes than they can create it. Technologies are additionally expected to reduce loopholes, because of their sophistication, the skills required, and for the fact that they are structured.
“Effective usage also requires time to establish. Using technologies therefore limits, or prevents the chances of infractions, and eventually saves prosecutorial time and resources.
“Many countries have reduced corruption through science and technology for their ability to limit human interaction and then ensure that operations are strictly procedural.
“It is a very reasonable route, as it is consistent with the new age of technology, where devices are replacing humans in social, economic, or business relations. We have been on the path of increasing the use of technology, but we still have to do more.
“The malaise of corruption is deep-seated, needing concerted efforts to tame, and so efforts at Nation building should be continuous with all hands being on deck to achieve this success. I therefore commend the front from which you are operating, and I encourage you not to relent. I thank you once again for this conferment, and I wish us all well”, Lawan said.
Earlier, Proterm President of the Chartered Institute of Forensic and Investigative Professionals of Nigeria (CIFIPN), Dr. Ayeshetu Victoria Enape, said that the Forensic and investigative profession involves practitioners made up of people of diverse academic backgrounds cutting across law, criminology, cyber security, police detectives, economists, and finance specialists.
According to her, the procedures deployed by the professional body in investigations “involves the skillful deployment of science and technological tools to prevent, detect, or resolve or expose possible criminal activity emanating from economic transactions.”
She added that, “the emergence of forensic and investigative profession on the global scene was based on the realization that fraudsters have gone sophisticated and in some instances are taking advantage of the 21st digital revolution to perpetrate corrupt practices that are undetectable by conventional investigative approach.”