‘Most institutions are conduit pipes of siphoning funds’
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) has expressed dismay that most government institutions in the country have been tuned into conduit pipes for siphoning of public funds, thereby distancing majority of the rural populace from good governance.
“This paradox is evident in the way statutory allocations and internally generated revenues are mismanaged and often times stolen with impunit,” the Commission said.
The Commission’s Northeast Zonal Commissioner, Sule Yahaya observed that corruption, which is rampant at all levels of government, has been the bane of the nation’s sustainable growth and development since independence.
The Zonal Commissioner stated this at a one-day workshop held at the Banquet hall of Zaranda International Hotel, Bauchi for top local government officials in the Bauchi South Senatorial District, including Alkaleri, Bauchi, Bogoro, Dass, Kirfi, Tafawa Balewa and Toro Local Government Areas, noting that a number of factors account for the wanton corruption at the public sector.
Represented at the occasion by Mr. Linus G, he enumerated the factors as greed and avarice, lack of fear of God on the part of government functionaries, overbearing and domineering attitude of some governors, unwholesome demands and interference by agents of federal ministries, departments and agencies, and excessive pressure from people at the grassroots.
To this end, the Commissioner disclosed that the commission has retrieved over N13 billion from Federal ministries, department and agencies as surplus of unspent funds.
Yahaya explained that the commission, irked by pervasiveness of corruption and consequent dilapidation of infrastructure in the society has taken a number of measures aimed at reducing the cankerworm.
He said it emphasized integrity training because of its belief that corruption is a state of mind, as it takes attitudinal change to overcome it while integrity galvanizes attitudinal change, hence a sine qua non to fight against corruption.
Alhaji Yahaya said the Commission was building and promoting integrity in the public through education and enlightenment, as it pursues its enforcement and preventive mandates of fighting corruption.
He revealed that the Commission has received more than 7, 000 petitions from members of the public, a number of which were investigated and many cases prosecuted in various High Courts with many conviction secured.
The Commissioner appreciated the support and cooperation of the state government to the ICPC in the fight against corruption, saying the commission is always ready and willing to partner with governments, agencies and individuals to serve as change agents.
Declaring the workshop open earlier, Bauchi State Commissioner for Local Government, Barr. Nasiruddeen Muhammad said that the training was to be conducted in the three senatorial zones of the state with participants from the 20 local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Aliyu Baba said that the workshop was a collaboration between his ministry and the ICPC Bauchi zonal office aimed at instilling transparency and accountability at the grassroots, expressing dismay that corruption clandestinely erodes the sound foundation of civil society.
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi