From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has re-emphasized the need for Integrity training on attitudinal change among Nigerians in order to overcome the menace of corruption in the country.
The ICPC North East Zonal Commissioner, Alhaji Sule Yahaya stated this at a 0ne- day sensitization workshop for top local government functionaries, organized by the Commission in collaboration with the Bauchi State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Bauchi.
Yahaya, said most of the government institutions in the country have turned into conduit pipes of siphoning public funds thereby distancing the majority of rural populace far away from good governance.
He said, if corruption is brought to check in the public sector, poverty, social insecurity and other challenges facing the country would be eliminated.
The commissioner assured of the commission’s readiness to partner with relevant government and private institutions willing to contribute positively to the fight against corruption.
He said based on the national figure, the commission has received seven thousand petitions from patriotic Nigerians on corrupt cases. Represented by the Head of Investigation Unit of the Commission, Mr. Leo Wanasikou, Yahaya said already ICPC has taken some measures to reduce corruption in the society which includes among others: community advocacy against corruption using formal and non-formal sectors, establishment of National Anti-Corruption Volunteer Corps and organizing local government integrity lecture.
In his key note address, the Acting ICPC Chairman, Dr. Musa Usman Abubakar described local government administration as one of the most effective ways of fighting corruption.
Represented by the National Commissioner in charge of education, the chairman identified ignorance as one of the factors responsible for the involvement of government officials in corrupt practices and other related offences.
Speaking on the topic, “Public accountability, making change at local government”, a resource person and Chief Lecturer with the Department of Mass Communication, Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Malam Hassan Alhaji Hassan also identified corruption as responsible for the mass killing of innocent people in the country and called for public ownership.
Hassan enumerated some of the challenges of public accountability in Nigeria to include: public dis-ownership, lack of political will, personal commitment and confidence.