ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mohammadmian Soomro has said that efforts would be made to curb corruption and it would not be allowed to affect the future of the nation. Addressing a function in connection of the 4th International Anti-Corruption Day organized by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) here on Saturday, he said that the government is making efforts to curtail this menace but the real challenge is to create awareness in the society. He called upon the nation to cooperate with the government in curbing this menace.
He termed corruption as “highly deplorable” for a state and said that good governance, transparency and rule of law are vital components for checking corruption in a society. He said that besides effective system of monitoring, there was a dire need to address the basic problems of people leading to corruption. Soomro stressed the need for a more practical approach to check this menace by providing people a decent lifestyle to help prevent them from involving in corruption. He said it was the government’s utmost responsibility to provide the people a better life including adequate salaries, and other facilities relating to health, education, transport and security.
He said the real challenge in curtailing corruption was to create awareness among the masses to avoid committing such crimes. He emphasized on creating a comprehensive system with integrated monitoring, evaluation and quality processing to keep a vigil on the spread of corruption. The Prime Minister mentioned the role of women in capacity building that could inculcate in new generation the spirit to fight against corruption.
He said public grievances would be removed at all levels by providing them justice, shelter, food, education, health and security. He said corruption could be prevented by good governance, rule of law and judicious usage of funds and strictly adopting merit. UN Representative to Pakistan Wilson Maclean appreciated setting up of NAB, Ratification of UN Convention against Corruption and Promulgation of Anti-Corruption Ordinance to check corruption in Pakistan. Later, the Prime Minister gave away awards to the winners of the poster competition organized to mark International Corruption Day.-SANA