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Bauchi, ICPC flag off anti-corruption campaign at summit – Daily Trust

| November 15, 2016 More

Bauchi State government has flagged off an anti-corruption campaign to fight the menace of corruption in the state.

 The campaign with a slogan “I Support‎ The Fight Against Corruption In Bauchi State” was unveiled at the Bauchi Anti-Corruption summit by the Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Barrister Ekpo Nta and the Bauchi State governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar.

 The summit was organised by‎ Foundation for Transparency and Accountability, ICPC and the Central Bank of Nigeria.

 With a theme: Transparency Accountability: A Panacea to Good Governance Sustainable Development, the summit was organised and supported by the Bauchi State government in partnership with the  African Union Economic, Social‎ and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC).

 In his keynote address, the ICPC chairman, Barrister Ekpo Nta commended the Bauchi State government for the initiative adding that government must check and stop corrupt practices at all levels.

 He said that the ICPC has been partnering with government at all levels and the private sector in order to address and tackle‎ the menace of corrupt practices in the country.

 Nta added that the partnership is aimed at strengthening the capacities of the various machineries and policies to fight corruption so that the country can move forward.

 He promised that the ICPC would help Bauchi State develop a sound anti-corruption mechanism in the state which will help it’s officials to be more transparent and accountable in their dealings.

 In his remarks, governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar Said that since the coming of his administration, he has put in place various mechanisms to curb corruption in the public service and other sectors.

 He said that the government had since its inception set up committees to recover properties carted away by officials of the previous administration and another committee to review the awards of contracts in various MDAs since 2007.

 He said that the campaign, tagged’ I Support The Fight Against Corruption In Bauchi State’ was aimed at sensitising Bauchi State citizens about the need to shun corruption an all ramifications. 

 While speaking, the house chairman committee on Anti-Corruption, Akinloye Babajide said that if corruption is tackled appropriately, most of Nigeria’s problems would be solved.

 He opined that almost all the challenges facing Nigeria including Boko Haram and it’s ills stemmed from corruption.

 Babajide also noted that corruption as being practiced with impunity in the country has directly or indirectly killed more Nigerians than any other known cause including diseases and epidemics.

 He, therefore, said that apart from the body language and the determination of president Buhari to fight corruption, Nigerians as stakeholders must help to make sure that the fight is sustained through strong commitment and institutions to fight it to a standstill.

 Highlights of the occasion was the unveiling of banners, stickers and other campaign tools by the ICPC chairman, Barrister Ekpo Nta, governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar supported by his deputy, Engineer Nuhu Gidado.

 Participants were drawn from government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), local government caretaker committee chairmen, traditional institutions, private sector and the media.

Category: Bauchi State News

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