The Goodluck Jonathan administration fought corruption in the agricultural sector with a simple mobile phone, the former president has revealed.
Jonathan made the revelation on Monday, June 6, 2016, while giving a speech at the Bloomberg Studio in London.
“I think it is important to let you know my administration took many steps to curtail this scourge, in the areas of Finance, agriculture and petroleum. To take just one example, we drastically reduced corruption in the agricultural sector with the help of a simple mobile phone,” he said.
“We achieved this by providing an e-wallet to farmers which grew the percentage of registered farmers receiving subsidy from 11% to 94%.And in the process we were also able to save billions of naira in fertiliser subsidies. Through our Agricultural Transformation Agenda, we greatly boosted food production and saved almost a trillion naira on food imports.
“This one initiative had the benefits of improving food security, creating more jobs and reducing inflation to its lowest levels in over 5 years. Our ambition was to sanitize the corruption in petroleum subsidies by completely deregulating the sector. However, our efforts were frustrated by unhealthy political resistance,” he added.
Jonathan also claimed that he did very well in curbing corruption during his tenure.
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