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Buhari honours 3 ‘honest Nigerians’

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja honored two officials, Muhammad Ahmad and Nelson Okoronkwo and a Nigerian student in Japan for exhibiting exemplary acts of honesty and integrity.

Mr. Tukur, an assistant narcotics commander, works at the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

He recently recovered and declared to the Agency $ 24,500 offered as a bribe by a drug trafficker.

The money was intended to compromise an investigation of 28 kg of cocaine worth billions of Naira.

Mr. Okorokwo, currently a member of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, was also recognized for his constant acts of integrity in the different ministries in which he previously served.

He was a member of the fertilizer distribution committee that led to the recovery of billions of naira from blackmailers with collaborators at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He was also credited with denouncing corrupt practices that led to the Ogoni cleanup investigation at the Federal Ministry of the Environment.

As Chairman of the Illegal Hiring Committee of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, the Deputy Director facilitated the detection and removal of more than 3,000 bogus employers from the Service.

The law saved the government millions of naira in terms of wages and emoluments.

Ikenna Nweke, an Imo PhD student studying in Japan, found a wallet that contained a large sum of money and other valuables.

He returned them to the Japanese police, where he also turned down 10 percent of the money he found when they offered him a reward.

On Mr. Nweke, who joined the event virtually from his base in Japan, President Buhari said: “I am also pleased to note the special ICPC award for the Imo State PhD student studying in Japan.

“He has made Nigeria proud in far away Japan by displaying Nigerian traditional values ​​of honesty and integrity and returning a wallet containing a large sum of money and other valuables to the police.

He also declined 10 percent of the money found as a reward offered to him.

” I join the ICPC to declare it ICPC CITIZENS ICON OF THE VOLUNTARY ANTI-CORRUPTION GROUP.

” Indeed, it is an icon and a beacon for our young people. I also congratulate all those who have been awarded the ICPC Certificate of Integrity through their agencies. ”

Buhari said his administration would not hesitate to punish the heads of ministries, departments and agencies, MDA, who fraudulently submit new projects as ongoing projects in the budget.

He warned that the Federal Government would sanction those who incorporate personnel into the public workforce through illegal recruitment, or will fill their payrolls and retain ghost workers.

“We reduced the cost of governance by keeping our promise to complete abandoned or ongoing projects started by previous administrations.

“We have ensured that MDAs did not submit new capital projects at the expense of ongoing projects.

“However, the government has taken note of ICPC activities that some MDAs have devised the fraudulent practice of submitting new projects as ongoing projects.

” The necessary actions and sanctions will continue against the heads of such errant MDAs.

“I am sure that the CIPC will continue to maintain the vigilance required by the CIPC Law in this regard,” said the President.

The president described the summit with the theme: “Corruption and the cost of governance: new imperatives for fiscal transparency”, as auspicious.

He noted that he reminded Nigerians of the negative impacts of the unnecessary cost of governance.

He added that the topic also provided an opportunity for stakeholders to offer suggestions on ways to further reduce the cost of governance and promote transparency and accountability in public spending.

” I am delighted that the legislative and judicial arms of government are also focusing on managing the cost of governance.

“The government is a collective and it is not a matter for the Executive alone.

” On August 19, 2020, the Federal Executive Council adopted the National Ethics and Integrity Policy that I launched on September 25, 2020.

“I am delighted that some public officials continue to demonstrate the core values ​​of ethics, integrity and patriotism, and have been identified for their excellent anti-corruption disposition in their workplaces,” said President Buhari.

The event was attended by the Chief Justice of the Nigerian Supreme Court, Ibrahim Muhammad and a representative of the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.

In his remarks, ICPC President Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye reiterated the Commission’s commitment to supporting government programs and projects aimed at curbing the rising cost of governance.

He noted that the astronomical cost of governance at the federal and sub-national levels had continued to be reflected in the huge staff payroll and operating costs that stood at around 70 percent of the annual budget.

He identified illegal recruitment, illegal and unilateral increase in wages and salaries by some MDAs as some of the factors responsible for the high cost of governance and increased staff budget.

Other factors, he said, were indiscriminate local and international travel, unreasonable demands from some politically appointed MDA board members and budget stuffing.

According to him, the CIPC is investigating some cases of illegal recruitment referred to it by the Office of the Chief of Public Service of the Federation.

He said that the Ministry of Labor and University College Hospital, Ibadan, and some employees of other MDAs had been implicated in illegal recruitment.

“This abuse of power is consummated with the complicity of elements compromised in IPPIS. These cases are currently under investigation.

“At another level, a syndicate of corrupt individuals within the Service corruptly employs unsuspecting Nigerians and sends them bogus employment letters.

“They fraudulently enroll recruits in IPPIS and send them to MDA just as unsuspecting to start work.

“The CIPC is prosecuting one of the union’s leaders.

“From his custody, we recovered several false letters of recommendation allegedly signed by the Chief of Staff to the president, ministers, the Federal Public Administration Commission and other high-ranking Nigerians,” Owasanoye said.

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