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  •  A Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday admitted Gabriel Nathaniel a staff in the Accounts Department of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council AMMC to a N100 million bail with a surety in the like sum Justice Zainab Abubakar in a ruling ordered that the surety must have a landed property worth the bail sum within the jurisdiction of the court Justice Abubakar ruled that the certificate of occupancy of the property which should be verified by the registrar would be deposited at the court registry She further directed Nathaniel to deposit his international passport with the court The judge ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission ICPC pending when he meets the bail condition and adjourned the matter until Nov 9 for trial The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nathaniel was arraigned on Tuesday by the ICPC over allegations bordering on diversion of about N3 billion from AMMC However the judge fixed hearing of his bail plea for today Wednesday and ordered him to be remanded at the commission s custody In the charge number 1102022 and filed by the ICPC through its lawyer Osuobeni Akponimsingha Nathaniel was arraigned on 14 counts He was accused of committing the alleged offence between 2015 and 2019 but pleaded not guilty to the charges NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged N3bn fraud: Court admits FCT official to N100m bail
     A Federal High Court Abuja on Wednesday admitted Gabriel Nathaniel a staff in the Accounts Department of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council AMMC to a N100 million bail with a surety in the like sum Justice Zainab Abubakar in a ruling ordered that the surety must have a landed property worth the bail sum within the jurisdiction of the court Justice Abubakar ruled that the certificate of occupancy of the property which should be verified by the registrar would be deposited at the court registry She further directed Nathaniel to deposit his international passport with the court The judge ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission ICPC pending when he meets the bail condition and adjourned the matter until Nov 9 for trial The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nathaniel was arraigned on Tuesday by the ICPC over allegations bordering on diversion of about N3 billion from AMMC However the judge fixed hearing of his bail plea for today Wednesday and ordered him to be remanded at the commission s custody In the charge number 1102022 and filed by the ICPC through its lawyer Osuobeni Akponimsingha Nathaniel was arraigned on 14 counts He was accused of committing the alleged offence between 2015 and 2019 but pleaded not guilty to the charges NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Alleged N3bn fraud: Court admits FCT official to N100m bail
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    Alleged N3bn fraud: Court admits FCT official to N100m bail

    A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, admitted Gabriel  Nathaniel, a staff in the Accounts  Department of the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), to a N100 million bail with a surety in the like sum.

    Justice Zainab Abubakar, in a ruling, ordered that the surety must have a landed property worth the bail sum within the jurisdiction of the court.

    Justice Abubakar ruled that the certificate of occupancy of the property, which should be verified by the registrar, would be deposited at the court registry.

    She further directed Nathaniel to deposit his international passport with the court.

    The judge ordered that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), pending when he meets the bail condition, and  adjourned the matter until Nov. 9 for trial.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nathaniel was arraigned, on Tuesday, by the ICPC over allegations bordering on diversion of about N3 billion from AMMC.

    However, the judge fixed hearing of his bail plea for today (Wednesday) and ordered him to be remanded at the commission’s custody.

    In the charge number: 1102022 and filed by the ICPC, through its lawyer, Osuobeni Akponimsingha, Nathaniel was arraigned on 14 counts.

    He was accused of committing the alleged offence between 2015 and 2019, but pleaded not guilty to the charges.


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  •   The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission ICPC on Tuesday in Akure admonished traditional and religious leader as well as civil society groups to promote behavioural change to curb corruption in the country Prof Bolaji Owasanoye Chairman ICPC who was represented by AIG Olugbenga Adeyanju Rtd a member of the commission board gave the admonition at a sensitisation dialogue with traditional rulers religious leaders and community based civil society groups The sensitisation dialogue was on Behavioural Change National Ethics and Integrity Policy NEIP Constituency amp Executive Projects Tracking Initiative CEPTI Owasanoye explained that it had become imperative for traditional and religious leaders and other stakeholders to initiate and sustain behavioural change among the people According to him one will be shocked to realise the extent to which corruption has shortchanged all of us especially the ordinary people I believe this realisation will underscore why every core value of ethics and integrity policy should be imbibed practised and upheld by all You as leaders should deepen your partnership with the ICPC in diminishing corruption and using your good offices in promoting ethics values and behavioural change and building a better Nigeria for all of us As religious leaders you our pastors and Imams are not only spirituals guides but also moral compasses by which we measure the positive growth or otherwise of the society You have followership you have influence and command respect Use these to bring about an enduring positive behavioural change among our people Nigerians are good people let not the actions and attitude of a few bad eggs among us give us all a bad name he said The ICPC chairman called on all the stakeholders to organise events in their collective desire to enthrone a Nigeria glowing with integrity transparency and accountability in all spheres Earlier Mr Kupolati Kayode Resident Anti Corruption Commissioner RACC in Ondo State had said that the dialogue was aimed at enthroning behavioral change and socio economic rebirth in the society Kayode who said that ICPC could not do the work effectively without the cooperation and inputs of all stakeholders said the sensitisation would help in spreading the anti corruption message and also improve service delivery to Nigeria and Nigerians The people who perpetrate these acts are not aliens they are our sons and daughters followers legislators civil servants and contractors The commission therefore needs your full support in the onerous fight against corruption in our nation by joining hands with the ICPC in this fight he said The Deji of Akure Kingdom Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade who is also State Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers was represented by the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom Oba Victor Kiladejo He expressed appreciation to the ICPC for the initiative saying it would go a long way to achieve the desired results Ogunlade implored the commission and government to always carry the traditional institution along in order to stem corruption in the society In our respective communities there is need for us to come together so that traditional institutions will be proactive by working hand in hand with the government to fight corruption in the society he said One of the participants Alhaji Yusuf Agbesinga the Imam of Gaga Muslim Community in Akure also called on the commission to create more awareness to tackle the menace of corruption He said both the leaders and the led were corrupt If we want corruption to be reduced in our society our government needs to engage more youths by employing them while both the parents and guardians should teach their children and wards the way of God he said Also Mr Olumuyiwa Olawolu Are Agbe Asaga of Ondo State implored government to include traditionalists among those administering the oath of allegiance for office holders so that they could take the oath through ogun and others traditional gods If we do this I am sure corruption will become a thing of the past in the country If we want to fight and curb corruption we must involve traditionalists while our leaders and office holders take oath of office through ogun sango and others he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC tasks traditional, religious leaders to promote behavioural change
      The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission ICPC on Tuesday in Akure admonished traditional and religious leader as well as civil society groups to promote behavioural change to curb corruption in the country Prof Bolaji Owasanoye Chairman ICPC who was represented by AIG Olugbenga Adeyanju Rtd a member of the commission board gave the admonition at a sensitisation dialogue with traditional rulers religious leaders and community based civil society groups The sensitisation dialogue was on Behavioural Change National Ethics and Integrity Policy NEIP Constituency amp Executive Projects Tracking Initiative CEPTI Owasanoye explained that it had become imperative for traditional and religious leaders and other stakeholders to initiate and sustain behavioural change among the people According to him one will be shocked to realise the extent to which corruption has shortchanged all of us especially the ordinary people I believe this realisation will underscore why every core value of ethics and integrity policy should be imbibed practised and upheld by all You as leaders should deepen your partnership with the ICPC in diminishing corruption and using your good offices in promoting ethics values and behavioural change and building a better Nigeria for all of us As religious leaders you our pastors and Imams are not only spirituals guides but also moral compasses by which we measure the positive growth or otherwise of the society You have followership you have influence and command respect Use these to bring about an enduring positive behavioural change among our people Nigerians are good people let not the actions and attitude of a few bad eggs among us give us all a bad name he said The ICPC chairman called on all the stakeholders to organise events in their collective desire to enthrone a Nigeria glowing with integrity transparency and accountability in all spheres Earlier Mr Kupolati Kayode Resident Anti Corruption Commissioner RACC in Ondo State had said that the dialogue was aimed at enthroning behavioral change and socio economic rebirth in the society Kayode who said that ICPC could not do the work effectively without the cooperation and inputs of all stakeholders said the sensitisation would help in spreading the anti corruption message and also improve service delivery to Nigeria and Nigerians The people who perpetrate these acts are not aliens they are our sons and daughters followers legislators civil servants and contractors The commission therefore needs your full support in the onerous fight against corruption in our nation by joining hands with the ICPC in this fight he said The Deji of Akure Kingdom Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade who is also State Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers was represented by the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom Oba Victor Kiladejo He expressed appreciation to the ICPC for the initiative saying it would go a long way to achieve the desired results Ogunlade implored the commission and government to always carry the traditional institution along in order to stem corruption in the society In our respective communities there is need for us to come together so that traditional institutions will be proactive by working hand in hand with the government to fight corruption in the society he said One of the participants Alhaji Yusuf Agbesinga the Imam of Gaga Muslim Community in Akure also called on the commission to create more awareness to tackle the menace of corruption He said both the leaders and the led were corrupt If we want corruption to be reduced in our society our government needs to engage more youths by employing them while both the parents and guardians should teach their children and wards the way of God he said Also Mr Olumuyiwa Olawolu Are Agbe Asaga of Ondo State implored government to include traditionalists among those administering the oath of allegiance for office holders so that they could take the oath through ogun and others traditional gods If we do this I am sure corruption will become a thing of the past in the country If we want to fight and curb corruption we must involve traditionalists while our leaders and office holders take oath of office through ogun sango and others he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC tasks traditional, religious leaders to promote behavioural change
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    ICPC tasks traditional, religious leaders to promote behavioural change

      The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission  (ICPC) on Tuesday in Akure admonished traditional and  religious leader  as well as civil society groups to promote behavioural change to curb corruption in the country.

    Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman, ICPC, who was represented by AIG Olugbenga Adeyanju (Rtd.), a member of the commission board, gave the admonition at a sensitisation dialogue with traditional rulers, religious leaders and community-based civil society groups.

    The sensitisation dialogue was on “Behavioural Change  National Ethics and Integrity Policy(NEIP), Constituency & Executive Projects Tracking Initiative (CEPTI)“.

    Owasanoye explained that it had become imperative for traditional and religious leaders and other stakeholders to initiate and sustain behavioural change among the people.

    According to him, one will be shocked to realise the extent to which corruption has shortchanged all of us, especially the ordinary people.

    “I believe this realisation will underscore why every core value of ethics and integrity policy should be imbibed, practised and upheld by all.

    “You as leaders should deepen your partnership with the ICPC in diminishing corruption and using your good offices in promoting ethics, values and behavioural change and building a better Nigeria for all of us.

    “As religious leaders, you, our pastors and Imams, are not only spirituals guides but also moral compasses by which we measure the positive growth or otherwise of the society.

    “You have followership, you have influence and command respect.

    Use these to bring about an enduring positive behavioural change among our people.

    “Nigerians are good people, let not the actions and attitude of a few bad eggs among us give us all a bad name,” he said.

    The ICPC chairman called on all the stakeholders to organise events in their collective desire to enthrone a Nigeria glowing with integrity, transparency and accountability in all spheres.

    Earlier, Mr Kupolati Kayode, Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner (RACC) in Ondo State, had said that the dialogue was aimed at enthroning behavioral change and socio-economic rebirth in the society.

    Kayode, who said that ICPC could not do the work effectively without the cooperation and inputs of all stakeholders, said the sensitisation would help in spreading the anti-corruption message and also improve service delivery to Nigeria and Nigerians.

    “The people who perpetrate these acts are not aliens, they are our sons and daughters, followers, legislators, civil servants and contractors.

    “The commission, therefore, needs your full support in the onerous fight against corruption in our nation by joining hands with the ICPC in this fight,” he said.

    The Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, who is also State Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers, was represented by the Osemawe of Ondo Kingdom, Oba Victor Kiladejo.

    He expressed appreciation to the ICPC for the initiative, saying it would go a long way to achieve the desired results.

    Ogunlade implored the commission and government to always carry the traditional institution along in order to stem corruption in the society.

    “In our respective communities, there is need for us to come together so that traditional institutions will be proactive by working hand-in-hand with the government to fight corruption in the society,” he said.

    One of the participants, Alhaji Yusuf Agbesinga, the Imam of Gaga Muslim Community in Akure, also called on the commission to create more awareness to tackle the menace of corruption.

    He said both the leaders and the led were corrupt.

    “If we want corruption to be reduced in our society, our government needs to engage more youths by employing them while both the parents and guardians should teach their children and wards the way of God,” he said.

    Also, Mr Olumuyiwa Olawolu, Are Agbe-Asaga of Ondo State, implored government to include traditionalists among those administering the oath of allegiance for office holders so that they could take the oath through “ogun and others traditional gods.

    “If we do this, I am sure corruption will become a thing of the past in the country.

    “If we want to fight and curb corruption, we must involve traditionalists while our leaders and office holders take oath of office through ogun, sango and others,” he said.  


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  •  The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC says it has recovered N2 8 billion assets in the last three years through its Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking initiative CEPTi Mr Agwu Amefula the ICPC Commissioner in Edo disclosed this on Tuesday in Benin during his presentation at the sensitisation dialogue with community influencers The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was on behavioural change national ethics and integrity policy as well as the CEPTi Amefula said the commission had compelled returns of close to 450 contractors to sites to complete either abandoned or shoddy projects He however urged the influencers to closely monitor corrupt practices and transparency issues which he said had become rampant in the delivery of public projects in various communities This he said would cause change to happen by reporting observed sharp practices to the commission The commissioner who described community influencers as agents for attitudinal and behavioural change in society urged them to participate in the governance process by engaging their representatives in project determination It s essential for them to help on prevention of corruption through the study and review of operational systems in procurement and implementation of public projects in Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs Education and enlightenment of citizens in your domains and members of your congregations on and against corruption is a must do task for you Ensure that your communities are rid of all corrupt practices through robust engagements and behavioural change strategies said the commissioner In her presentation Mrs Ese Okwong the Assistant Director in the commission sought adherence to the national ethics and integrity policy developed by the ICPC in collaboration with the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation and the National Orientation Agency The policy Okwong said was aimed at enhancing values and integrity as well as tackling corruption in Nigeria She added that the policy was in response to the many damaging effects of corruption in both public and private sectors with a view to help restore and revitalise these sectors Earlier in his opening address Prof Bolaji Owasanoye the ICPC Chairman said the commission entered into partnership with the influencers to promote the policy and canvas their buy in to enable nationwide success Owasanoye who was represented by Mrs Grace Chinda a commission board member lauded the Edo Government for helping to mobilise the audience Participants at the dialogue called on the Federal Government to give more funding and logistics to the commission to build its capacity for the staff to investigate corrupt cases in the state The participants noted that there was a disconnection between government and the people hence the need for more awareness creation and inclusion in the school curriculum for students Those in attendance include traditional rulers religious leaders and community based Civil Society Organisations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Project tracking: ICPC recovers N2.8 bn assets in 3 years – Commissioner
     The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC says it has recovered N2 8 billion assets in the last three years through its Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking initiative CEPTi Mr Agwu Amefula the ICPC Commissioner in Edo disclosed this on Tuesday in Benin during his presentation at the sensitisation dialogue with community influencers The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was on behavioural change national ethics and integrity policy as well as the CEPTi Amefula said the commission had compelled returns of close to 450 contractors to sites to complete either abandoned or shoddy projects He however urged the influencers to closely monitor corrupt practices and transparency issues which he said had become rampant in the delivery of public projects in various communities This he said would cause change to happen by reporting observed sharp practices to the commission The commissioner who described community influencers as agents for attitudinal and behavioural change in society urged them to participate in the governance process by engaging their representatives in project determination It s essential for them to help on prevention of corruption through the study and review of operational systems in procurement and implementation of public projects in Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs Education and enlightenment of citizens in your domains and members of your congregations on and against corruption is a must do task for you Ensure that your communities are rid of all corrupt practices through robust engagements and behavioural change strategies said the commissioner In her presentation Mrs Ese Okwong the Assistant Director in the commission sought adherence to the national ethics and integrity policy developed by the ICPC in collaboration with the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation and the National Orientation Agency The policy Okwong said was aimed at enhancing values and integrity as well as tackling corruption in Nigeria She added that the policy was in response to the many damaging effects of corruption in both public and private sectors with a view to help restore and revitalise these sectors Earlier in his opening address Prof Bolaji Owasanoye the ICPC Chairman said the commission entered into partnership with the influencers to promote the policy and canvas their buy in to enable nationwide success Owasanoye who was represented by Mrs Grace Chinda a commission board member lauded the Edo Government for helping to mobilise the audience Participants at the dialogue called on the Federal Government to give more funding and logistics to the commission to build its capacity for the staff to investigate corrupt cases in the state The participants noted that there was a disconnection between government and the people hence the need for more awareness creation and inclusion in the school curriculum for students Those in attendance include traditional rulers religious leaders and community based Civil Society Organisations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Project tracking: ICPC recovers N2.8 bn assets in 3 years – Commissioner
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    Project tracking: ICPC recovers N2.8 bn assets in 3 years – Commissioner

    The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says it has recovered N2.8 billion assets in the last three years through its Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking initiative (CEPTi).

    Mr Agwu Amefula, the ICPC Commissioner in Edo, disclosed this on Tuesday in Benin during his presentation at the sensitisation dialogue with community influencers.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the dialogue was on behavioural change, national ethics and integrity policy as well as the CEPTi. Amefula said the commission had compelled returns of close to 450 contractors to sites to complete either abandoned or shoddy projects.

    He, however, urged the influencers to closely monitor corrupt practices and transparency issues which, he said, had become rampant in the delivery of public projects in various communities.

    This, he said, would cause change to happen by reporting observed sharp practices to the commission.

    The commissioner, who described community influencers as agents for attitudinal and behavioural change in society, urged them to participate in the governance process by engaging their representatives in project determination.

    “It’s essential for them to help on prevention of corruption through the study and review of operational systems (in procurement and implementation of public projects) in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

    “Education and enlightenment of citizens in your domains and members of your congregations on and against corruption is a must do task for you.

    “Ensure that your communities are rid of all corrupt practices through robust engagements and behavioural change strategies,’’ said the commissioner.

    In her presentation, Mrs Ese Okwong, the Assistant Director in the commission, sought adherence to the national ethics and integrity policy developed by the ICPC in collaboration with the office of the Secretary to the Government of Federation and the National Orientation Agency.

    The policy, Okwong said, was aimed at enhancing values and integrity as well as tackling corruption in Nigeria.

    She added that the policy was in response to the many damaging effects of corruption in both public and private sectors, with a view to help restore and revitalise these sectors.

    Earlier in his opening address, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the ICPC Chairman, said the commission entered into partnership with the influencers to promote the policy and canvas their buy-in to enable nationwide success.

    Owasanoye, who was represented by Mrs Grace Chinda, a commission board member, lauded the Edo Government for helping to mobilise the audience.

    Participants at the dialogue called on the Federal Government to give more funding and logistics to the commission to build its capacity for the staff to investigate corrupt cases in the state.

    The participants noted that there was a disconnection between government and the people, hence the need for more awareness creation and inclusion in the school curriculum for students.

    Those in attendance include traditional rulers, religious leaders and community based Civil Society Organisations.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye has said that money recovered by the commission is paid into the coffers of the Federal Government The chairman disclosed this at a one day Sensitisation Dialogue with stakeholders on Behavioural Change National Ethics and Integrity Policy on Wednesday in Abuja The workshop is an avenue to sensitise stakeholders on its Constituency Projects Tracking Initiative which commenced in 2019 focusing on how well money allocated to critical sectors by government is utilised The project is in it fourth phase with the recovery of assets worth billions of Naira to the government return of equipment to communities for whom they were meant Also the project has forced a lot of contractors to return to sites and completed hitherto shoddily done or abandoned projects The exercise however led to revelation that some projects were excellently and completely executed Reacting to question on what happened to recovered assets the ICPC boss reiterated that all the monetary recovered goes into the Recovery Account and the account is with the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN He said the commission has no powers over funds or assets recovered from corrupt people adding that it does not spend recovered funds The commission has a designated account for the recovery of proceeds of crime known as ICPC Recovery Account into which all recovered funds were paid into Let me clear some of the misinformation out there First thing is that all the monetary recoveries goes into the recovery account And there s a lot of misinformation out there and it s because there is a high level of cynicism People do not believe anything righteous about the government But I can swear an affidavit I can go on oath and swear on the Bible Since I resumed in ICPC no one kobo from recovered assets have been diverted What is the proper thing There is a recovery account the money goes there that s one So if it is liquid cash the money goes there and that account is in the CBN This information is important for community leaders to have because most people just accuse and say things that are simply incorrect You can ask anybody that you know who has ever been the suspect of investigation by ICPC They have paid through remittance into the recovery accounts called ICPC Recovery Account he said Owasanoye further explained that the Proceeds of Crime Act was recently passed and the law says confiscation account should be opened and we have also opened one If you step out of our compound all you cars you see to the right are sized vehicles covered vehicles because the procedure for disposal was not carried until recently We pressured until government made claim the guidelines by saying every agency now has responsibility to dispose of assets and put the money into the recovery account So ICPC has formed an Asset Disposal Committee which included members of the public as observers The Nigeria Labour Congress Nigeria Union of Journalists Civil Societies Bureau of Public Procurement all are represented Let them come and see what we are doing and broadcast it to the whole world he added He urged the public to visit the ICPC website for information on its recovered assets adding that such information has been on its website since 2020 We try to put this information out there All the recovered assets by ICPC have been on our website since 2020 and we have a digital assets record for all recovered assets whether interim or final Government doesn t have good reputation Even when they are doing the right thing citizens will say they have stolen the money People will grant interview and they will be talking with passion and you will almost believe them that what they are saying is correct But sometimes how many people can you correct In explaining further the three categories of assets recovery Owasanoye added it was important for the public to be carried along for transparency purposes It s good to educate the public When assets are recovered they are recovered in three categories They can been siezed interim forfeiture and final forfeiture So a lot of assets that dragged for years are under interim forfeiture If at the end of the day ICPC loses the cases for whatever reason The court might say we do not agree with us on some evidence tendered Like recently we arrested somebody that used public fund to acquired 19 properties and we say this can not be his money We filed all the documents The court said some of these properties can be acquired by the suspect The court forfeited four to government and left the rest of the properties to the suspect We have appealed but there is nothing we can do he said The ICPC boss maintained that under interim forfeiture the properties would be under its custody until the court case had concluded We will mark them and put security there We do not allow you to operate there except if they are perishable we bond it You give us the value of the assets We hold it until the case is concluded He however stated that the new regime openly stated that before the end of the year the commission would publish some assets that were under final forfeiture that have been valued and have no challenge in court We will wait until the court cases are concluded If ICPC wins the assets becomes government properties if we lose it goes back to the suspect he maintained NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC does not spend recovered funds — Owasanoye 
     The Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye has said that money recovered by the commission is paid into the coffers of the Federal Government The chairman disclosed this at a one day Sensitisation Dialogue with stakeholders on Behavioural Change National Ethics and Integrity Policy on Wednesday in Abuja The workshop is an avenue to sensitise stakeholders on its Constituency Projects Tracking Initiative which commenced in 2019 focusing on how well money allocated to critical sectors by government is utilised The project is in it fourth phase with the recovery of assets worth billions of Naira to the government return of equipment to communities for whom they were meant Also the project has forced a lot of contractors to return to sites and completed hitherto shoddily done or abandoned projects The exercise however led to revelation that some projects were excellently and completely executed Reacting to question on what happened to recovered assets the ICPC boss reiterated that all the monetary recovered goes into the Recovery Account and the account is with the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN He said the commission has no powers over funds or assets recovered from corrupt people adding that it does not spend recovered funds The commission has a designated account for the recovery of proceeds of crime known as ICPC Recovery Account into which all recovered funds were paid into Let me clear some of the misinformation out there First thing is that all the monetary recoveries goes into the recovery account And there s a lot of misinformation out there and it s because there is a high level of cynicism People do not believe anything righteous about the government But I can swear an affidavit I can go on oath and swear on the Bible Since I resumed in ICPC no one kobo from recovered assets have been diverted What is the proper thing There is a recovery account the money goes there that s one So if it is liquid cash the money goes there and that account is in the CBN This information is important for community leaders to have because most people just accuse and say things that are simply incorrect You can ask anybody that you know who has ever been the suspect of investigation by ICPC They have paid through remittance into the recovery accounts called ICPC Recovery Account he said Owasanoye further explained that the Proceeds of Crime Act was recently passed and the law says confiscation account should be opened and we have also opened one If you step out of our compound all you cars you see to the right are sized vehicles covered vehicles because the procedure for disposal was not carried until recently We pressured until government made claim the guidelines by saying every agency now has responsibility to dispose of assets and put the money into the recovery account So ICPC has formed an Asset Disposal Committee which included members of the public as observers The Nigeria Labour Congress Nigeria Union of Journalists Civil Societies Bureau of Public Procurement all are represented Let them come and see what we are doing and broadcast it to the whole world he added He urged the public to visit the ICPC website for information on its recovered assets adding that such information has been on its website since 2020 We try to put this information out there All the recovered assets by ICPC have been on our website since 2020 and we have a digital assets record for all recovered assets whether interim or final Government doesn t have good reputation Even when they are doing the right thing citizens will say they have stolen the money People will grant interview and they will be talking with passion and you will almost believe them that what they are saying is correct But sometimes how many people can you correct In explaining further the three categories of assets recovery Owasanoye added it was important for the public to be carried along for transparency purposes It s good to educate the public When assets are recovered they are recovered in three categories They can been siezed interim forfeiture and final forfeiture So a lot of assets that dragged for years are under interim forfeiture If at the end of the day ICPC loses the cases for whatever reason The court might say we do not agree with us on some evidence tendered Like recently we arrested somebody that used public fund to acquired 19 properties and we say this can not be his money We filed all the documents The court said some of these properties can be acquired by the suspect The court forfeited four to government and left the rest of the properties to the suspect We have appealed but there is nothing we can do he said The ICPC boss maintained that under interim forfeiture the properties would be under its custody until the court case had concluded We will mark them and put security there We do not allow you to operate there except if they are perishable we bond it You give us the value of the assets We hold it until the case is concluded He however stated that the new regime openly stated that before the end of the year the commission would publish some assets that were under final forfeiture that have been valued and have no challenge in court We will wait until the court cases are concluded If ICPC wins the assets becomes government properties if we lose it goes back to the suspect he maintained NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC does not spend recovered funds — Owasanoye 
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    ICPC does not spend recovered funds — Owasanoye 

    The Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, has said  that money recovered by the commission is paid into the coffers of the Federal Government.

    The chairman disclosed this at a one-day Sensitisation Dialogue with stakeholders  on Behavioural Change, National Ethics and Integrity Policy on Wednesday in Abuja.  

    The workshop is an avenue to sensitise stakeholders on its Constituency Projects Tracking Initiative which commenced in 2019, focusing on how well money allocated to critical sectors by government is utilised.

    The project is in it fourth phase with the recovery of assets worth billions of Naira to the government, return of equipment to communities for whom they were meant.

    Also, the project has forced a lot of contractors to return to sites and completed hitherto shoddily done or abandoned projects.

    The exercise, however, led to revelation that some projects were excellently and completely executed.

    Reacting to question on what happened to recovered assets, the ICPC boss reiterated that all the monetary recovered goes into the ‘Recovery Account’ and the account is with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

    He said the commission has no powers over funds or assets recovered from corrupt people, adding that it does not spend recovered funds.

    “The commission has a designated account for the recovery of proceeds of crime known as ‘ICPC Recovery Account’ into which all recovered funds were paid into“Let me clear some of the misinformation out there.

    First thing is that, all the monetary recoveries goes into the recovery account.

    “And there’s a lot of misinformation out there and it’s because there is a high level of cynicism.

    People do not believe anything righteous about the government.

    “But I can swear an affidavit I can go on oath and swear on the Bible.

    Since I resumed in ICPC, no one kobo from recovered assets have been diverted.

    “What is the proper thing?

    There is a  recovery account the money goes there, that’s one.

    “So if it is liquid cash, the money goes there and that account is in the CBN.

    This information is important for community leaders to have because most people just accuse and say things that are simply incorrect. 

    “You can ask anybody that you know who has ever been the suspect of investigation by ICPC.

    “They have paid through remittance into the  recovery accounts called ‘ICPC Recovery Account’, he said.

    Owasanoye further explained that the Proceeds of Crime Act was recently passed and the law says, “confiscation account should be opened and we have also opened one.

    “If you step out of our compound, all you cars you see to the right are sized vehicles, covered vehicles, because the procedure for disposal was not carried until recently.

    “We pressured until government  made claim the guidelines by saying every agency now has responsibility to dispose of assets and put the money into the recovery account.

    “So ICPC has formed an Asset Disposal Committee which included members of the public as observers.

    The Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Civil Societies, Bureau of Public Procurement all are represented.

    “Let them come and see what we are doing and broadcast it to the whole world,” he added.

    He urged the public to visit the ICPC website for information on its recovered assets, adding that such information has been on its website since 2020.“We try to put this information out there.

    All the recovered assets by ICPC have been on our website since 2020 and we have a digital assets record for all recovered assets whether interim or final.

    “Government doesn’t have good reputation.

    Even when they are doing the right thing, citizens will say they have stolen the money.

    “People will grant interview and they will be talking with passion and you will almost believe them that what they are  saying is correct.

    But sometimes, how many people can you correct?

    ”.

    In explaining further, the three categories of assets recovery, Owasanoye added it was important for the public to be carried along for transparency purposes.

    “It’s good to educate the public.

    When assets are recovered, they are recovered in three categories.

    “They can been siezed, interim forfeiture and final forfeiture.

    “So, a lot of assets that dragged for years are under interim forfeiture.

    If at the end of the day ICPC loses the cases for whatever reason.

    The court might say we do not agree with us on some evidence tendered.

    “Like recently, we arrested somebody that used public fund to acquired 19 properties and we say this can not be his money.

    “We filed all the documents.

    The court said some of these properties can be acquired by the suspect.

    “The court forfeited four to government and left the rest of the properties to the suspect.

    We have appealed but there is nothing we can do, ” he said.

    The ICPC boss maintained that under interim forfeiture, the properties would be under its custody until the court case had concluded.

    “We will mark them and put security there.

    We do not allow you to operate there except if they are perishable, we bond it.

    You give us the value of the assets.

    We hold it until the case is concluded.

    ”He, however, stated that the new regime openly stated that before the end of the year, the commission would publish some assets that were under final forfeiture that have been valued and have no challenge in court.

    “We will wait until the court cases are concluded.

    If ICPC wins, the assets becomes government properties, if we lose it goes back to the suspect,” he maintained.


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  •  The Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC has called for concerted efforts toward curbing corruption in the public service The Executive Director of NEPC Dr Ezra Yakusak made the call at the inauguration and induction of a seven member newly reconstituted nominees of Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit ACTU of NEPC on Tuesday in Abuja While noting that corruption poses a serious development challenge in the society Yakusak said that it threatened sustainable administrative and economic development According to him this is by infringing or undermining formal processes thereby destabilising public confidence in government affairs Meaningful progress and development can therefore not be achieved if concerted efforts are not taken to curb the scourge of corruption in the public service he said The NEPC boss urged the reconstituted chairman and members of the NEPC ACTU to conduct a corruption risk assessment by identifying vulnerable areas that were prone to corruption He also urged them to proffer appropriate recommendations and develop integrity plans that would strengthen accountability and transparency toward enhanced service delivery in the council Yakusak however assured the NEPC ACTU of the support and cooperation of staff and management of NEPC in executing the task He pledged NEPC s partnership with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Matters Commission ICPC in the fight against corruption On his part the Chairman of ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said that the event added drive to efforts of ICPC in promoting and entrenching values of integrity accountability and transparency in government establishments Represented by the Director Systems Study Review Department ICPC Mr Abia Udofia Owasanoye said that the war against corruption demands concerted efforts to succeed The war against corruption by the Federal Government and anti corruption agencies demands that all public institutions public officers and managers of public funds are in unison to diminish and eliminate the scourge of corruption The commission notes the efforts of the management of NEPC in constantly striving toward building right ethical standards and a culture of transparency within the council This position is further confirmed by stakeholders testimonies gleaned from your website as well as the result of the 2021 deployment of the ICPC Ethics and Integrity Compliance Scorecard NEPC attained 3rd position with a substantial compliance score of 87 out of the 301 MDAS assessed with the scorecard We are of the belief that the diligence of the ACTU in discharging duties also contributed in the attainment of this enviable score and position he said The ICPC boss urged the management of NEPC not to relent in its support to ACTU to enable the unit to continue to assist the management in sustaining its posit legacy among other successful MDAs In supporting the Unit management is encouraged to continue to provide a conducive environment for the Unit to function provide funds and office accommodation It is also to incorporate its members in various standing committees as provided for in the extant circular of government Ref No 314261 dated Oct 5 2016 Owasanoye urged the ACTU members to ensure constant sensitisation of staff on the ills of corruption implementation of code of ethics examination of systems processes and procedures of NEPC that were prone to corruption and proffer solutions The functions of the Unit also includes monitoring projects programmes and budget implementation of the council coordinating the deployment of the ethics and integrity compliance scorecard and undertaking preliminary investigations into complaints or reports received among others he said Owasanoye further urged the newly appointed members to be industrious above board responsible and responsive in the exercise of their functions and avoid questionable acts Given the strategic role you are expected to play remember he who comes to equity must come with clean hands he said The Chairman of the NEPC ACTU Mr Ganiyu Ahmid the Director ICT Unit in NEPC said they were ready to take up the responsibility and deliver the mandate according to the law We are not taking the appointment for granted and the confidence reposed on us is something we have to pay back he said Ahmid solicited the support and cooperation of his colleagues in carrying out the task NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Corruption destabilising public confidence in govt affairs–NEPC
     The Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC has called for concerted efforts toward curbing corruption in the public service The Executive Director of NEPC Dr Ezra Yakusak made the call at the inauguration and induction of a seven member newly reconstituted nominees of Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit ACTU of NEPC on Tuesday in Abuja While noting that corruption poses a serious development challenge in the society Yakusak said that it threatened sustainable administrative and economic development According to him this is by infringing or undermining formal processes thereby destabilising public confidence in government affairs Meaningful progress and development can therefore not be achieved if concerted efforts are not taken to curb the scourge of corruption in the public service he said The NEPC boss urged the reconstituted chairman and members of the NEPC ACTU to conduct a corruption risk assessment by identifying vulnerable areas that were prone to corruption He also urged them to proffer appropriate recommendations and develop integrity plans that would strengthen accountability and transparency toward enhanced service delivery in the council Yakusak however assured the NEPC ACTU of the support and cooperation of staff and management of NEPC in executing the task He pledged NEPC s partnership with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Matters Commission ICPC in the fight against corruption On his part the Chairman of ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said that the event added drive to efforts of ICPC in promoting and entrenching values of integrity accountability and transparency in government establishments Represented by the Director Systems Study Review Department ICPC Mr Abia Udofia Owasanoye said that the war against corruption demands concerted efforts to succeed The war against corruption by the Federal Government and anti corruption agencies demands that all public institutions public officers and managers of public funds are in unison to diminish and eliminate the scourge of corruption The commission notes the efforts of the management of NEPC in constantly striving toward building right ethical standards and a culture of transparency within the council This position is further confirmed by stakeholders testimonies gleaned from your website as well as the result of the 2021 deployment of the ICPC Ethics and Integrity Compliance Scorecard NEPC attained 3rd position with a substantial compliance score of 87 out of the 301 MDAS assessed with the scorecard We are of the belief that the diligence of the ACTU in discharging duties also contributed in the attainment of this enviable score and position he said The ICPC boss urged the management of NEPC not to relent in its support to ACTU to enable the unit to continue to assist the management in sustaining its posit legacy among other successful MDAs In supporting the Unit management is encouraged to continue to provide a conducive environment for the Unit to function provide funds and office accommodation It is also to incorporate its members in various standing committees as provided for in the extant circular of government Ref No 314261 dated Oct 5 2016 Owasanoye urged the ACTU members to ensure constant sensitisation of staff on the ills of corruption implementation of code of ethics examination of systems processes and procedures of NEPC that were prone to corruption and proffer solutions The functions of the Unit also includes monitoring projects programmes and budget implementation of the council coordinating the deployment of the ethics and integrity compliance scorecard and undertaking preliminary investigations into complaints or reports received among others he said Owasanoye further urged the newly appointed members to be industrious above board responsible and responsive in the exercise of their functions and avoid questionable acts Given the strategic role you are expected to play remember he who comes to equity must come with clean hands he said The Chairman of the NEPC ACTU Mr Ganiyu Ahmid the Director ICT Unit in NEPC said they were ready to take up the responsibility and deliver the mandate according to the law We are not taking the appointment for granted and the confidence reposed on us is something we have to pay back he said Ahmid solicited the support and cooperation of his colleagues in carrying out the task NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Corruption destabilising public confidence in govt affairs–NEPC
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    Corruption destabilising public confidence in govt affairs–NEPC

    The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), has called for concerted efforts toward curbing corruption in the public service.

    The Executive Director of NEPC, Dr Ezra Yakusak, made the call at the inauguration and induction of a seven-member newly reconstituted nominees of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of NEPC on Tuesday in Abuja.

    While noting that corruption poses a serious development challenge in the society, Yakusak said that it threatened sustainable administrative and economic development.

    According to him, this is by infringing or undermining formal processes,  thereby, destabilising public confidence in government affairs.

    “Meaningful progress and development can therefore, not be achieved if concerted efforts are not taken to curb the scourge of corruption in the public service,’’ he said.

    The NEPC boss urged the reconstituted chairman and members of the NEPC-ACTU to conduct a corruption risk assessment by identifying vulnerable areas that were prone to corruption.

    He also urged them to proffer appropriate recommendations and develop integrity plans that would strengthen accountability and transparency toward enhanced service delivery in the council.

    Yakusak, however, assured the NEPC-ACTU of the support and cooperation of staff and management of NEPC in executing the task.

    He pledged NEPC’s partnership with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Matters Commission (ICPC) in the fight against corruption.

    On his part, the Chairman of ICPC, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, said that the event added drive to efforts of ICPC in promoting and entrenching values of integrity, accountability and transparency in government establishments.

    Represented by the Director, Systems Study Review Department, ICPC, Mr Abia Udofia, Owasanoye said that the war against corruption demands concerted efforts to succeed.

    “ The war against corruption by the Federal Government and anti-corruption agencies demands that all public institutions, public officers and managers of public funds are in unison to diminish and eliminate the scourge of corruption.

    “The commission notes the efforts of the management of NEPC in constantly striving toward building right ethical standards and a culture of transparency within the council.

    “This position is further confirmed by stakeholders’ testimonies gleaned from your website as well as the result of the 2021 deployment of the ICPC Ethics and Integrity Compliance Scorecard.

    “NEPC attained 3rd position with a substantial compliance score of 87% out of the 301 MDAS assessed with the scorecard.

    “We are of the belief that the diligence of the ACTU in discharging duties, also contributed in the attainment of this enviable score and position,’’ he said.

    The ICPC boss urged the management of NEPC not to relent in its support to ACTU to enable the unit to continue to assist the management in sustaining its posit legacy among other successful MDAs “In supporting the Unit, management is encouraged to continue to provide a conducive environment for the Unit to function, provide funds and office accommodation.

    “It is also to incorporate its members in various standing committees as provided for in the extant circular of government Ref No 314261 dated Oct. 5, 2016 Owasanoye urged the ACTU members to ensure constant sensitisation of staff on the ills of corruption, implementation of code of ethics, examination of systems, processes and procedures of NEPC that were prone to corruption and proffer solutions.

    “The functions of the Unit also includes monitoring projects, programmes and budget implementation of the council, coordinating the deployment of the ethics and integrity compliance scorecard and undertaking preliminary investigations into complaints or reports received among others,’’ he said.

    Owasanoye further urged the newly appointed members to be industrious, above board, responsible and responsive in the exercise of their functions and avoid questionable acts.

    “Given the strategic role you are expected to play, remember, he who comes to equity must come with clean hands,’’ he said.

    The Chairman of the NEPC-ACTU, Mr Ganiyu Ahmid, the Director ICT Unit in NEPC, said they were ready to take up the responsibility and deliver the mandate according to the law.

    “We are not taking the appointment for granted and the confidence reposed on us is something we have to pay back,’’ he said.

    Ahmid solicited the support and cooperation of his colleagues in carrying out the task.


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  •  The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC has urged community and religious leaders to support the anti corruption fight at the grassroots level The Chairman of the commission Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said the war should be taken to the communities through the enthronement of intergrity transparency and accountability among the people He spoke in Owerri at a workshop on behavioural change national ethics and integrity policy and constituency projects tracking initiative It was organised by the commission for traditional and religious leaders as well as community based civil society groups Owasanoye represented by the South East member on the ICPC board Sen Anthony Agbo said that all hands must be on deck for the anti corruption war to succeed He identified the endemic corruption level as the root of the country s problem from insecurity to poor infrastructure development He alleged that the biggest cases of corruption in Nigeria are perpetrated by civil servants in active service and not politicians as erroneously believed Owasanoye argued that crimes such as budget padding and project duplication are some of the ways corruption is proliferated in the civil service and resources misappropriated He therefore urged community and religious leaders to keep track of government s projects in their areas and the funds appropriated for them for transparency and accountability He further urged them to use their influence to bring about the desired behavioural change and promote the national ethics and intergrity policy The ICPC boss also challenged more whistleblowers to expose persons engaged in coruption in order to arrest the situation before it degenerates In a presentation the Imo Resident Anti corruption Commissioner Mr Peter Alumbugu charged community and religious leaders to rid their communities of corrupt tendencies through behavioural change strategies Alumbugu further urged them to closely monitor corrupt practices and transparency issues and report observed infractions to the anti graft agency without delay He also advised them to thoroughly study and review the operational systems in procurement and implementation of public projects and encourage community members to participate actively in execution monitoring He said that the commission had been proactive in preventing and eradicating the diversion of public funds in the implementation of public funded projects Alumbugu said this was being done through collation and analysis of suspicious projects which were tracked and properly investigated leading to enforcement and possible prosecution of those involved He said the effort had led to significant improvement and impact on the works of various implementing agencies and a higher percentage of projects executed to specification The workshop also featured a paper entitled Advancing the core values of the national ethics and integrity policy for behavioural change the role of traditional and religious leaders The presenter an Assistant Director in the commission Mrs Chinwe Egbeocha urged participants to imbibe the values of the policy teach others and collaborate with ICPC and other similar agencies Also the State Director of the National Orientation Agency Mrs Maureen Oparaji pledged the support of the agency in promoting the vision and activities of ICPC www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC woos community, religious leaders to join anti-corruption fight
     The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC has urged community and religious leaders to support the anti corruption fight at the grassroots level The Chairman of the commission Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said the war should be taken to the communities through the enthronement of intergrity transparency and accountability among the people He spoke in Owerri at a workshop on behavioural change national ethics and integrity policy and constituency projects tracking initiative It was organised by the commission for traditional and religious leaders as well as community based civil society groups Owasanoye represented by the South East member on the ICPC board Sen Anthony Agbo said that all hands must be on deck for the anti corruption war to succeed He identified the endemic corruption level as the root of the country s problem from insecurity to poor infrastructure development He alleged that the biggest cases of corruption in Nigeria are perpetrated by civil servants in active service and not politicians as erroneously believed Owasanoye argued that crimes such as budget padding and project duplication are some of the ways corruption is proliferated in the civil service and resources misappropriated He therefore urged community and religious leaders to keep track of government s projects in their areas and the funds appropriated for them for transparency and accountability He further urged them to use their influence to bring about the desired behavioural change and promote the national ethics and intergrity policy The ICPC boss also challenged more whistleblowers to expose persons engaged in coruption in order to arrest the situation before it degenerates In a presentation the Imo Resident Anti corruption Commissioner Mr Peter Alumbugu charged community and religious leaders to rid their communities of corrupt tendencies through behavioural change strategies Alumbugu further urged them to closely monitor corrupt practices and transparency issues and report observed infractions to the anti graft agency without delay He also advised them to thoroughly study and review the operational systems in procurement and implementation of public projects and encourage community members to participate actively in execution monitoring He said that the commission had been proactive in preventing and eradicating the diversion of public funds in the implementation of public funded projects Alumbugu said this was being done through collation and analysis of suspicious projects which were tracked and properly investigated leading to enforcement and possible prosecution of those involved He said the effort had led to significant improvement and impact on the works of various implementing agencies and a higher percentage of projects executed to specification The workshop also featured a paper entitled Advancing the core values of the national ethics and integrity policy for behavioural change the role of traditional and religious leaders The presenter an Assistant Director in the commission Mrs Chinwe Egbeocha urged participants to imbibe the values of the policy teach others and collaborate with ICPC and other similar agencies Also the State Director of the National Orientation Agency Mrs Maureen Oparaji pledged the support of the agency in promoting the vision and activities of ICPC www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC woos community, religious leaders to join anti-corruption fight
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    ICPC woos community, religious leaders to join anti-corruption fight

    The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has urged community and religious leaders to support the anti-corruption fight at the grassroots level.

    The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said the war should be taken to the communities through the enthronement of intergrity, transparency and accountability among the people.

    He spoke in Owerri at a workshop on behavioural change, national ethics and integrity policy and constituency projects tracking initiative.

    It was organised by the commission for traditional and religious leaders as well as community-based civil society groups.

    Owasanoye, represented by the​ South-East member on the ICPC board, Sen. Anthony Agbo, said that all hands must be on deck for the anti-corruption war to succeed.

    He identified the endemic corruption level as the root of the country’s problem, from insecurity to poor infrastructure development.

    He alleged that the biggest cases of corruption in Nigeria “are perpetrated by civil servants in active service and not politicians as erroneously believed”.

    Owasanoye argued that crimes, such as budget padding and project duplication, “are some of the ways corruption is proliferated in the civil service and resources misappropriated”.

    He, therefore, urged community and religious leaders​ to keep track of government’s projects​ in their areas and the funds appropriated for them for transparency and accountability.

    He further urged them to use their influence to bring about the desired behavioural change and promote the national ethics and intergrity policy.

    The ICPC boss also challenged more whistleblowers to expose persons engaged in coruption in order to arrest the situation before it degenerates.

    In a presentation,​ the Imo Resident Anti-corruption Commissioner, Mr Peter Alumbugu, charged community and religious leaders to rid their communities of corrupt tendencies through behavioural change strategies.

    Alumbugu further urged them to closely monitor corrupt practices and transparency issues and report observed infractions to the anti-graft agency without delay.

    He also advised them to thoroughly study and review the​ operational systems in procurement and implementation of public projects and encourage community members to participate actively in execution monitoring.

    He said that the commission had been proactive in preventing and eradicating the diversion of public funds in the implementation of public-funded projects.

    Alumbugu said this was being done through collation and analysis of suspicious projects, which were tracked and properly investigated, leading to enforcement and possible prosecution of those involved.

    He said the effort had led to significant improvement and impact on the works of various implementing agencies and a higher percentage of projects executed to specification.

    The workshop also featured a paper entitled, “Advancing the core values of the national ethics and integrity policy for behavioural change: the role of traditional and religious leaders.

    ” The presenter, an Assistant Director in the commission, Mrs Chinwe Egbeocha, urged participants to imbibe the values of the policy, teach others and collaborate with ICPC and other similar agencies.

    Also, the State Director of the National Orientation Agency, Mrs Maureen Oparaji, pledged the support of the agency in promoting the vision and activities of ICPC.

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  •  The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasannoye raised the alarm at a two day capacity building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti Corruption He frowned at the diversion of public funds both in revenue receipts and expenditure while condemning illicit financial flow misapplication of funds and budget padding He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption it would further impact negatively on the country Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy According to him the CBN the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are all anti corruption gate keepers He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti corruption roles Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance stressing that funds appropriated on paper were never used for the purpose for which they were meant In his remarks Rep Shehu Garba Chairman of the House Committee on Anti Corruption noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development adding that it was heart warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks He said that the fight against corruption remained multi dimensional involving all institutions adding that there would be no success without collaboration The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption In his contribution Prof Abubakar Suleiman Director General National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity This he said had reflected in the 9th assembly especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts He noted that there had been allegations of non payment of allowances of security operatives which according to him undermines the fight against insecurity Corruption undermines security and human capacity development he stressed Marija Peran the Resident Representative Konrad Adenauer Stiftung a German political foundation decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security Peran said the German foundation s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds 
     The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasannoye raised the alarm at a two day capacity building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti Corruption He frowned at the diversion of public funds both in revenue receipts and expenditure while condemning illicit financial flow misapplication of funds and budget padding He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption it would further impact negatively on the country Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy According to him the CBN the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission are all anti corruption gate keepers He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti corruption roles Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance stressing that funds appropriated on paper were never used for the purpose for which they were meant In his remarks Rep Shehu Garba Chairman of the House Committee on Anti Corruption noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development adding that it was heart warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks He said that the fight against corruption remained multi dimensional involving all institutions adding that there would be no success without collaboration The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption In his contribution Prof Abubakar Suleiman Director General National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity This he said had reflected in the 9th assembly especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts He noted that there had been allegations of non payment of allowances of security operatives which according to him undermines the fight against insecurity Corruption undermines security and human capacity development he stressed Marija Peran the Resident Representative Konrad Adenauer Stiftung a German political foundation decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security Peran said the German foundation s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds 
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    ICPC raises alarm over diversion of public funds 

    The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) raised the alarm on Thursday in Abuja about diversion of public funds.

    ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasannoye, raised the alarm at a two-day capacity-building workshop for members of the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption.

    He frowned at the diversion of public funds, both in revenue receipts and expenditure, while condemning illicit financial flow, misapplication of funds and budget padding.

    He said it was time corruption was confronted headlong, adding that Nigerians were yet to recognise the death knell that corruption meant.

    He warned that if citizens did not deal with the ethical issues of corruption, it would further impact negatively on the country.

    Owasannoye noted that Nigerian was never in short supply of anti-corruption legislation but in short supply of integrity.

    He noted also that this had been worsened by high level hypocrisy.

    According to him, the CBN, the Bureau of Public Procurement and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, are all anti-corruption gate keepers.

    He stated that most regulatory agencies also played anti-corruption roles.

    Owasannoye observed that corruption accentuated political patronage and encouraged sabotage of governance, stressing that funds appropriated on paper, were never used for the purpose for which they were meant.

    In his remarks, Rep. Shehu Garba, Chairman of the House Committee on Anti-Corruption, noted that the challenge and the fight against corruption had remained a topical issue.

    He said that the ills of corruption had been well documented, adding that Nigerians did not need to be reminded of the consequences.

    Garba added that corruption denied citizens a promising future and development, adding that it was heart-warming when the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration made the fight against corruption one of its tasks.

    He said that the fight against corruption remained multi-dimensional; involving all institutions, adding that there would be no success without collaboration.

    The lawmaker added that information sharing and capacity building workshops were crucial in the fight against corruption.

    In his contribution, Prof. Abubakar Suleiman, Director-General, National Institute for Legislative Studies commended the National Assembly for the continuous building of staff capacity.

    This, he said, had reflected in the 9th assembly, especially in the way it took the issue of the fight against corruption seriously.

    He added that the workshop was important as the current Federal Government administration winds down.

    Suleiman stressed that corruption also fuelled instability and conflicts.

    He noted that there had been allegations of non-payment of allowances of security operatives, which according to him, undermines the fight against insecurity.

    “Corruption undermines security and human capacity development,’’ he stressed.

    Marija Peran, the Resident Representative, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German political foundation, decried the complex security challenges and corruption in the security sector.

    She said that corruption in the security sector had a detrimental impact, both on security apparatuses and on wider peace and security.

    Peran said the German foundation’s core mandate was to strengthen good democratic governance and the rule of law, adding that the fight against corruption was an integral part of its mandate
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  •  Chairman of Oyo State Anti Corruption Agency OYACA Retired Justice Eni Esan says the agency received a total of 128 petitions in its two years of establishment Esan made this known at a sensitisation programme held at Oyo State College of Health Science and Technology Eleyele Ibadan on Thursday She said that more than 100 of the petitions had been concluded with recommendations made to ministries departments and agencies MDAs in the state while four cases were filed in court by the state Attorney General for prosecution Accordint to Esan the agency does not have power to prosecute but can make recommendations to the attorney general to prosecute anyone found culpable in corrupt practices She said that some government officials investigated by the agency were currently being prosecuted in various courts in the state Esan said that the law establishing the agency empowered it to investigate allegations of unfair administrative actions non performance of government contracts as well as allegations of corrupt practices against any individual MDA and corporate body among others The chairman said that members of the public and public servant had been responding adding that the agency had achieved a lot since its inauguration in December 2020 by Gov Seyi Makinde Corruption is a big problem hindering the development of Nigeria and it affects all areas of the society negatively Eradicating it will therefore help the development of Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general Combating corruption in the state is the responsibility of everyone All need do is to speak out anytime we notice any corrupt practice she said Esan stated further that fighting corruption in the past was the exclusive responsibility of EFCC and ICPC at the federal level adding however that they had lots of cases to attend to According to her the efforts of EFCC and ICPC need to be reciprocated by other anti graft agencies which OYACA is currently doing She said that OYACA had jurisdiction to investigate any act of corrupt practices in the state and that it had branch offices in all the five geopolitical zone of the state She called on residents not to hesitate to report to the agency anyone suspected to be involved in any corrupt practice no matter how highly placed saying that the agency would do the needful In her remarks Provost of the college Mrs Oluyemi Oyewo appreciated the agency for the sensitisation and its efforts at reducing corruption in the state Oyewo pledged the cooperation of the college in realisation of the agency s objectives The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Esan was accompanied by the agency s board members including Prince Oyebade Oyedepo Mrs Esther Olapade and the Executive Secretary Mr Ibrahim Tijani among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oyo anti-graft agency received 128 petitions in 2 years –Chairman
     Chairman of Oyo State Anti Corruption Agency OYACA Retired Justice Eni Esan says the agency received a total of 128 petitions in its two years of establishment Esan made this known at a sensitisation programme held at Oyo State College of Health Science and Technology Eleyele Ibadan on Thursday She said that more than 100 of the petitions had been concluded with recommendations made to ministries departments and agencies MDAs in the state while four cases were filed in court by the state Attorney General for prosecution Accordint to Esan the agency does not have power to prosecute but can make recommendations to the attorney general to prosecute anyone found culpable in corrupt practices She said that some government officials investigated by the agency were currently being prosecuted in various courts in the state Esan said that the law establishing the agency empowered it to investigate allegations of unfair administrative actions non performance of government contracts as well as allegations of corrupt practices against any individual MDA and corporate body among others The chairman said that members of the public and public servant had been responding adding that the agency had achieved a lot since its inauguration in December 2020 by Gov Seyi Makinde Corruption is a big problem hindering the development of Nigeria and it affects all areas of the society negatively Eradicating it will therefore help the development of Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general Combating corruption in the state is the responsibility of everyone All need do is to speak out anytime we notice any corrupt practice she said Esan stated further that fighting corruption in the past was the exclusive responsibility of EFCC and ICPC at the federal level adding however that they had lots of cases to attend to According to her the efforts of EFCC and ICPC need to be reciprocated by other anti graft agencies which OYACA is currently doing She said that OYACA had jurisdiction to investigate any act of corrupt practices in the state and that it had branch offices in all the five geopolitical zone of the state She called on residents not to hesitate to report to the agency anyone suspected to be involved in any corrupt practice no matter how highly placed saying that the agency would do the needful In her remarks Provost of the college Mrs Oluyemi Oyewo appreciated the agency for the sensitisation and its efforts at reducing corruption in the state Oyewo pledged the cooperation of the college in realisation of the agency s objectives The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Esan was accompanied by the agency s board members including Prince Oyebade Oyedepo Mrs Esther Olapade and the Executive Secretary Mr Ibrahim Tijani among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Oyo anti-graft agency received 128 petitions in 2 years –Chairman
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    Oyo anti-graft agency received 128 petitions in 2 years –Chairman

    Chairman of Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency (OYACA), Retired Justice Eni Esan, says the agency received a total of 128 petitions in its two years of establishment.

    Esan made this known at a sensitisation programme, held at Oyo State College of Health Science and Technology, Eleyele, Ibadan on Thursday.

    She said that more than 100 of the petitions had been concluded, with recommendations made to ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the state, while four cases were filed in court by the state Attorney-General for prosecution.

    Accordint to Esan, the agency does not have power to prosecute but can make recommendations to the attorney-general to prosecute anyone found culpable in corrupt practices.

    She said that some government officials investigated by the agency were currently being prosecuted in various courts in the state.

    Esan said that the law establishing the agency empowered it to investigate allegations of unfair administrative actions, non-performance of government contracts as well as allegations of corrupt practices against any individual, MDA and corporate body, among others.

    The chairman said that members of the public and public servant had been responding, adding that the agency had achieved a lot since its inauguration in December 2020 by Gov. Seyi Makinde.

    “Corruption is a big problem hindering the development of Nigeria and it affects all areas of the society negatively.

    “Eradicating it will, therefore, help the development of Oyo State in particular and Nigeria in general.

    “Combating corruption in the state is the responsibility of everyone.

    All need do is to speak out anytime we notice any corrupt practice,” she said.

    Esan stated further that fighting corruption in the past was the exclusive responsibility of EFCC and ICPC at the federal level, adding, however, that they had lots of cases to attend to.

    According to her, the efforts of EFCC and ICPC need to be reciprocated by other anti-graft agencies, which OYACA is currently doing.

    She said that OYACA had jurisdiction to investigate any act of corrupt practices in the state and that it had branch offices in all the five geopolitical zone of the state.

    She called on residents not to hesitate to report to the agency anyone suspected to be involved in any corrupt practice, no matter how highly placed, saying that the agency would do the needful.

    In her remarks, Provost of the college, Mrs Oluyemi Oyewo, appreciated the agency for the sensitisation and its efforts at reducing corruption in the state.

    Oyewo pledged the cooperation of the college in realisation of the agency’s objectives.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Esan was accompanied by the agency’s board members, including Prince Oyebade Oyedepo, Mrs Esther Olapade and the Executive Secretary, Mr Ibrahim Tijani, among others.


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  •  The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC has called on stakeholders to promote the contents of National Ethics and Integrity Policy NEIP and Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking initiative CEPTi The ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasanoye made the appeal on Tuesday in Sokoto at a one day sensitisation dialogue organised by ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency NOA and the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Owasanoye said the participants were considered important toward the full implementation of the ICPC s projects in recognition of their proximity to people Represented by Mrs Hannatu Mohammed a Board Member the ICPC chairman said the efforts was part of the commission s drive toward the emergence of a new and better Nigeria Therefore as leaders closer to the grassroots people your pivotal roles in the fight against corruption demonstrated in the implementation of our strategies are highly invaluable As such your various roles and how to support these platforms were expantiated in details at the sensitisation dialogue proper he said The ICPC chairman further thanked the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa ad Abubakar III for his fatherly role in ensuring the acceptability of the initiatives He commented the Sokoto State Government and the NOA for their support and cooperation toward the success of the dialogue The Sultan of Sokoto who was represented by Alhaji Jabbi Kilgore the District Head of Kilgore said the Sultanate Council is fully aware of the ICPC s project and would continue to be part of the exercise He appreciated ICPC for their commitment to anti corruption fight in the country adding that the commission s activities will no doubt aid in achieving the required goal in fighting corruption This activity will moreover address the security agencies commitment toward fighting insecurity indiscipline as well as behavioral change among the society he said The state Commissioner for Local Government Alhaji Abdullahi Maigwandu also appreciated ICPC for its commitment in fighting corruption Maigwandu represented by Alhaji Shehu Garba the Director Administration in the ministry assured that the state government would continue to support ICPC toward the success of its mandate Alhaji Mustapha Shehu the Chairman Sokoto North Local Government Council who spoke on behalf of the 23 LGAs chairmen said the dialogue came at the right time Shehu who is also the state chapter Chairman of ALGON urged the National Assembly to enact a law in which implementation of constituency projects must involve states and LGAs This is in order to make the projects more beneficial to the general public without any discrimination of which political party one belongs to he said Earlier Mr Garba Idris the Resident Anti Corruption Commission ICPC Sokoto Office stated that the gesture is in order to sensitise the society on the ownership of government project executed in their constituencies The programme is aimed at fighting corruption by sensitising the stakeholders in order to fight corruption in public procurement and achieve value for money in government projects he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the training include local government chairmen traditional and religious leaders as well as Civil Society Organisations CSOs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC sensitises stakeholders on integrity policies, project tracking in Sokoto
     The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC has called on stakeholders to promote the contents of National Ethics and Integrity Policy NEIP and Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking initiative CEPTi The ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasanoye made the appeal on Tuesday in Sokoto at a one day sensitisation dialogue organised by ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency NOA and the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Owasanoye said the participants were considered important toward the full implementation of the ICPC s projects in recognition of their proximity to people Represented by Mrs Hannatu Mohammed a Board Member the ICPC chairman said the efforts was part of the commission s drive toward the emergence of a new and better Nigeria Therefore as leaders closer to the grassroots people your pivotal roles in the fight against corruption demonstrated in the implementation of our strategies are highly invaluable As such your various roles and how to support these platforms were expantiated in details at the sensitisation dialogue proper he said The ICPC chairman further thanked the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa ad Abubakar III for his fatherly role in ensuring the acceptability of the initiatives He commented the Sokoto State Government and the NOA for their support and cooperation toward the success of the dialogue The Sultan of Sokoto who was represented by Alhaji Jabbi Kilgore the District Head of Kilgore said the Sultanate Council is fully aware of the ICPC s project and would continue to be part of the exercise He appreciated ICPC for their commitment to anti corruption fight in the country adding that the commission s activities will no doubt aid in achieving the required goal in fighting corruption This activity will moreover address the security agencies commitment toward fighting insecurity indiscipline as well as behavioral change among the society he said The state Commissioner for Local Government Alhaji Abdullahi Maigwandu also appreciated ICPC for its commitment in fighting corruption Maigwandu represented by Alhaji Shehu Garba the Director Administration in the ministry assured that the state government would continue to support ICPC toward the success of its mandate Alhaji Mustapha Shehu the Chairman Sokoto North Local Government Council who spoke on behalf of the 23 LGAs chairmen said the dialogue came at the right time Shehu who is also the state chapter Chairman of ALGON urged the National Assembly to enact a law in which implementation of constituency projects must involve states and LGAs This is in order to make the projects more beneficial to the general public without any discrimination of which political party one belongs to he said Earlier Mr Garba Idris the Resident Anti Corruption Commission ICPC Sokoto Office stated that the gesture is in order to sensitise the society on the ownership of government project executed in their constituencies The programme is aimed at fighting corruption by sensitising the stakeholders in order to fight corruption in public procurement and achieve value for money in government projects he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the training include local government chairmen traditional and religious leaders as well as Civil Society Organisations CSOs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ICPC sensitises stakeholders on integrity policies, project tracking in Sokoto
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    ICPC sensitises stakeholders on integrity policies, project tracking in Sokoto

    The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has called on stakeholders to promote the contents of National Ethics and Integrity Policy (NEIP), and Constituency and Executive Projects Tracking initiative (CEPTi).

    The ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made the appeal on Tuesday in Sokoto at a one-day sensitisation dialogue organised by ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

    Owasanoye said the participants were considered important toward the full implementation of the ICPC’s projects in recognition of their proximity to people.

    Represented by Mrs Hannatu Mohammed, a Board Member,  the ICPC chairman said the efforts was part of the commission’s drive toward the emergence of a new and better Nigeria.

    “Therefore, as leaders closer to the grassroots people your pivotal roles in the fight against corruption, demonstrated in the implementation of our strategies are highly invaluable.

    “As such your various roles and how to support these platforms were expantiated in details at the sensitisation dialogue proper,” he said.

    The ICPC chairman further thanked the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, for his fatherly role in ensuring the acceptability of the initiatives.

    He commented the Sokoto State Government and the NOA for their support and cooperation toward the success of the dialogue.

    The Sultan of Sokoto,  who was represented by Alhaji Jabbi Kilgore, the District Head of Kilgore, said the Sultanate Council is fully aware of the ICPC’s project and would continue to be part of the exercise.

    He appreciated ICPC for their commitment to anti-corruption fight in the country, adding that the commission’s activities will no doubt aid in achieving the required goal in fighting corruption.

    “This activity will moreover address the security agencies commitment toward fighting insecurity, indiscipline as well as behavioral change among the society,” he said.

    The state Commissioner for Local Government, Alhaji Abdullahi Maigwandu, also appreciated ICPC for its commitment in fighting corruption.

    Maigwandu, represented by Alhaji Shehu Garba, the Director Administration in the ministry, assured that the state government would continue to support ICPC toward the success of its mandate.

    Alhaji Mustapha Shehu, the Chairman, Sokoto North Local Government Council, who spoke on behalf of the 23 LGAs chairmen, said the dialogue came at the right time.

    Shehu, who is also the state chapter Chairman of ALGON, urged the National Assembly to enact a law in which implementation of constituency projects must involve states and LGAs. “This is in order to make the projects more beneficial to the general public without any discrimination of which political party one belongs to,” he said.

    Earlier, Mr Garba Idris, the Resident Anti-Corruption Commission, ICPC Sokoto Office, stated that the gesture is in order to sensitise the society on the ownership of government project executed in their constituencies.

    “The programme is aimed at fighting corruption by sensitising the stakeholders in order to fight corruption in public procurement and achieve value for money in government projects,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the training include local government chairmen, traditional and religious leaders as well as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs).


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  •  The House of Representatives has summoned the Acting Accountant General of the Federation Mr Okolieaboh Sylva for failing to lay the 2020 audit reports of Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs of Government Rep Oluwole Oke Chairman Committee on Public Accounts issued the summoned on Tuesday in Abuja at the resumed hearing of the Committee on queries against MDAs by the office of Auditor General of the Federation Oke frowned at the development and declared that this was affecting the work of the parliament at looking into the financial transactions of MDAs which would no longer be tolerated As the 9th Assembly is winding down we need to redouble our efforts at looking into all the reports already laid before the House We have completed work on those from 2017 and our reports are already in the press after which we will lay the reports before the whole House for official consideration This why we are inviting the Accountant General of the Federation to come before this committee to tell us while he is yet to lay the 2020 audited reports of MDAs before the Parliament We need to listen to him to know where the problem is coming from so that we can wade in to resolve whatever hindrance affecting the presentation he said He said that the Minister of Finance had said that the nation s expenditures surpased its income and the ICPC also confirmed that the 2022 budget was padded by the executive arm by several billions of Naira He said that what the country needed was what to redouble its efforts at revenue generations and as well check the books of the MDAs He warned all heads of MDAs who had refused to appear before it over audit queries raised against them to retrace their steps and do the needful in thier own interest He said that the committee would have no other option than to effect the arrest of the defaulters or relocate its sitting to the premises of such MDAs He said that there was need to look for the needed money to finance the 2023 budget to cater for the needs of the entire populace www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Audit Report: Reps summon Ag AGF, MDAs over financial accounts
     The House of Representatives has summoned the Acting Accountant General of the Federation Mr Okolieaboh Sylva for failing to lay the 2020 audit reports of Ministries Department and Agencies MDAs of Government Rep Oluwole Oke Chairman Committee on Public Accounts issued the summoned on Tuesday in Abuja at the resumed hearing of the Committee on queries against MDAs by the office of Auditor General of the Federation Oke frowned at the development and declared that this was affecting the work of the parliament at looking into the financial transactions of MDAs which would no longer be tolerated As the 9th Assembly is winding down we need to redouble our efforts at looking into all the reports already laid before the House We have completed work on those from 2017 and our reports are already in the press after which we will lay the reports before the whole House for official consideration This why we are inviting the Accountant General of the Federation to come before this committee to tell us while he is yet to lay the 2020 audited reports of MDAs before the Parliament We need to listen to him to know where the problem is coming from so that we can wade in to resolve whatever hindrance affecting the presentation he said He said that the Minister of Finance had said that the nation s expenditures surpased its income and the ICPC also confirmed that the 2022 budget was padded by the executive arm by several billions of Naira He said that what the country needed was what to redouble its efforts at revenue generations and as well check the books of the MDAs He warned all heads of MDAs who had refused to appear before it over audit queries raised against them to retrace their steps and do the needful in thier own interest He said that the committee would have no other option than to effect the arrest of the defaulters or relocate its sitting to the premises of such MDAs He said that there was need to look for the needed money to finance the 2023 budget to cater for the needs of the entire populace www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Audit Report: Reps summon Ag AGF, MDAs over financial accounts

    The House of Representatives has summoned the Acting Accountant General of the Federation, Mr Okolieaboh Sylva for failing to lay the 2020 audit reports of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of GovernmentRep. Oluwole Oke, Chairman, Committee on Public Accounts, issued the summoned on Tuesday in Abuja at the resumed hearing of the Committee on queries against MDAs by the office of Auditor General of the Federation.

    Oke frowned at the development and declared that this was affecting the work of the parliament at looking into the financial transactions of MDAs which would no longer be tolerated.

    “As the  9th Assembly is winding down, we need to redouble our efforts at looking into all the reports already laid before the House.

    “We have completed work on  those from 2017 and our reports are already in the press after which we will lay the reports before the whole House for official consideration.

    ” This why we are inviting the Accountant General of the Federation to come before this committee to tell us while he  is yet to lay the  2020 audited reports of MDAs before the Parliament.

    ” We need to listen to him to know where the problem is coming from so that we can wade in to resolve whatever hindrance affecting the presentation,” he said.

    He said that the Minister of Finance had said that the nation’s expenditures surpased its income and the ICPC also confirmed that the 2022 budget was padded by the executive arm by several billions of NairaHe said that what the country needed was what to redouble its efforts at revenue generations and as well check the books of the MDAs.He warned all heads of MDAs who had refused to appear before it over audit queries raised against them to retrace their steps and do the needful in thier own interest.

    He said that the committee would have no other option than to effect the arrest of the defaulters or relocate its sitting to the premises of such MDAsHe said that there was need to look for the needed money to finance the 2023 budget to cater for the needs of the entire populace.

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