The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Lauds Ganduje for his administration’s determined efforts to fight corruption in the state.
Anti-corruption: UN Lauds Ganduje
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Saturday applauded the governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for his administration’s determined efforts to fight corruption in the state.
The UNODC acknowledged the governor’s continued support to the state’s anti-corruption commission, urging the state government to step up efforts in the area.
This was disclosed through a press statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anwar, on Saturday.
The statement said: “The commendation came through Nigeria’s Representative on UNODC, Dr Oliver Stolpe, at the Stakeholders’ Meeting on Gender and Corruption on Second Corruption Survey Report in Nigeria, held recently at Tahir Guest Palace Hotel, Kano.”
Dr Stolpe, according to the statement, impressively attributed the successes recorded by the state’s anti-corruption commission to the interest and political the Ganduje administration has demonstrated, coupled with the good leadership of the anti-graft body.
He said: “We should all understand that strengthening institutions is also key in this herculean task ahead of all of us.”
Dr Stpole added that although the programme was as timely as it should be, the governor’s presence at the programme and the state government’s partnership, among other things, were pointers to the commitment and readiness of the state government in the gigantic effort.
The programme was co-hosted by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, taking the lead from the state angle, and the Kano State Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development, in collaboration with other stakeholders like United Nations Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN-WOMEN), National Council for Women Societies in Nigeria (NCWS), UKaid, UNODC among others.
It was an offshoot of the Second Corruption Survey which took place 6th December, 2019, which the meeting was held to “…engage stakeholders to discuss and better understand the different interpretation of policy implications of the Report and to disseminate findings to the relevant sectors become imperative.”
Reacting, Governor Ganduje described the programme as “a source of joy and proud to the state”, adding that to have very functional Anti-Corruption Agency, is second to none on the list of any state government owned similar body, if at all they exist.
He stated: “Our Anti-Corruption Commission is not only active, but it has non-interference from the state. A serving Commissioner was sacked because of the activities of this Commission. Not only that, there was a Permanent Secretary who also lost his position because of the activities of this anti-graft body. So also other officials like Directors, all falled victims of the Commission’s investigations.”
He, however, commended the focus and approach of the meeting, as it was women-centred/gender sensitive, urging the United Nations and other development partners to assist the state anti-graft agency in capacity building, the use of ICT and creating a conducive atmosphere for effective and efficient fight against the menace of corruption.
He added: “This approach that is women-centred is apt and timely. Why because, it is perceived that women are more honest than men. And with the increasing dynamic nature of our societies women can play some critical roles in this fight against corruption also.”
Part of the purpose of the Meeting, according to the meeting’s concept note, was to “…familiarize stakeholders with the data, dissemination, popularise and promote better analysis and understanding of the content of the Report and strengthen actions towards the prevention of gender-corruption in Nigeria through advocacy.”
Commissioners of Women Affairs from all the 36 states including Abuja were present at the meeting. Present also were various stakeholders, gender-based groups and civil society organisations and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), among others.