Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Bloomberg yesterday confirmed that he is being probed by the Buhari Government, He also used the opportunity to talk about the economy and how he tackled corruption.
On corruption, the former president gave practical example of what his administration did and also looked back at history to recommend further solutions to our corruption issues.
Here is what he said,
“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. We achieved this by providing an e-wallet to farmers, which grew the percentage of registered farmers receiving subsidy from 11 per cent to 94 per cent. 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 of 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 five years.”
“I cannot say the country from the beginning of our independence, that there was no corruption, yes there has been corruption. I did very well also, to curtail corruption,”
“My approach to corruption, was ‘don’t make money available for anyone to touch.’