President Goodluck Jonathan has said no culprit, no matter how highly placed, will escape the wrath of his administration in the fight against corruption.
He described corruption as a monster that must be tackled at all costs.
The President said this at the graduation ceremony of the Senior Executive Course No 34, 2012 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos on Saturday.
He said his government was determined to enthrone and sustain good governance, accountability, transparency and the rule of law.
Jonathan said, “These objectives are at the heart of our transformation agenda. Our efforts are yielding positive results. At least for once, we should be proud to say we have gotten our electoral system right.
“Credible elections are the stepping stone for good governance. I am glad that we have made tremendous progress in the key areas of governance. We are equally making progress in other sectors.
“We are vigorously fighting the endemic corruption at all levels and in all sectors of our country. I can assure you that there will be no sacred cows. Whoever is found to have transgressed will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” he said.
The President added that the major plank of the transformation agenda of the government was to work assiduously for improvement in the power sector.
He said his administration was fully aware that once power supply substantially improved, more than half of the development challenges would be surmounted.
Jonathan said struggling industries would come on stream again, while millions of youths would be employed the moment a good arrangement was put in place in the power sector.
He said in order to achieve this objective, the government was implementing a well-integrated power sector reform programme, including institutional arrangements to facilitate and strengthen private sector-led power generation, transmission and distribution.
He commended Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State, various security agencies and non-governmental organisations that worked tirelessly to restore normalcy to the state, and he charged them to keep the momentum for peace and development.
Director General of the institute, Prof. Tijani Mohammed-Barde, said the institute was facing several challenges occasioned by dwindling subvention from the Federal Government.
He therefore asked the President to come to the aid of the NIPSS to enable it discharge its mandate without any hindrance.