Mr Mahama made this appeal during his address at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers, held in Ilorin, Nigeria on Thursday.
In his speech, Mr Mahama emphasized the significance of addressing corruption, stating that it must be confronted regardless of whether it exists in the public or private sector, as it directly impacts the welfare of the nation.
He highlighted the fact that corruption thrives when the institutions responsible for combating it fail to function effectively.
Furthermore, Mr Mahama expressed his belief that individuals who endorse contracts leading to substandard infrastructure contribute to economic deterioration.
He called upon stakeholders in Nigeria and across Africa to unite and defeat corruption in all its forms. Additionally, he advocated for the implementation of asset declaration mechanisms as a means to combat corruption.
During the conference, the Deputy Governor of Kwara, Mr Kayode Alabi, acknowledged corruption as a pervasive issue that hampers growth and development.
He encouraged estate surveyors to collaborate with government entities at all levels to strengthen their operations and contribute to the fight against corruption.
President John Bull Amayevbo of the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers also highlighted the serious impact of corruption on economic progress and national development.
He pledged the institution's commitment to collaborating with government agencies in order to minimize corruption.
The conference, themed “Asset Valuation As A Global Anti-Corruption Tool: The Nigeria Experience,” aims to explore methods by which asset valuation can effectively combat corruption in Nigeria and globally.