‘Most institutions are conduit pipes of siphoning funds’

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‘Most institutions are conduit pipes of siphoning funds’

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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

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