By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The MD/CEO, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Engr. Nuruddeen Rafindadi has expressed its readiness to partner with the Special Presidential Investigation Panel on recovery of public property, in its bid to fight corruption, in line with the Anti-graft law of the Federation.
Engr. Rafindadi made this known while receiving a team of 5 from the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for recovery of public property, led by the Chairman, Barr. Okoi Obono-Obla recently at theFERMA Headquarters in Abuja.
The MD said that, the Agency was aware of the enormous task before her and that it was a privilege to have a partnership with the special presidential investigation panel on recovery of public property. This he said, will facilitate the effective monitoring of the process of awarding contracts, ensuring that contractors bidding for contracts have the expertise to meet with the acceptable standard, to reflect the judicious use of the money released by the government.
In his remarks, The Chairman of the panel stated that the purpose of the visit was to acquaint the Agency of its activities and to extend a hand of partnership to FERMA, being a sole maintenance outfit of federal roads in the country.
The activities of the panel, includes investigation of public officers that are involved in corrupt practices; investigation of public officers that have not declared their assets according to the provisions of the constitution; investigation of individuals/private companies who have contributed adversely to the development of the country among others.
This was contained in statement signed by Director/Head (Comm. /PR) Maryam M. Sanusi (Mrs.) said the Chairman commended FERMA for its efficiency in carrying out its duty and for its recent intervention in rehabilitating federal roads across the nation, adding that it has done great by empowering the youth through its Direct Labour works.
The Special Presidential Investigation Panel for recovery of public property was constituted by the then Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in August 2017, in accordance to a law known as recovery of public property (Special Provisions Act) which is one of the oldest anti-corruption legislation in the country. The intent of the law according to him, was to fight corruption, improve transparency and accountability in public offices.
The MD was presented with an award from the Presidency for his commitment towards public service and support in the fight against corruption.