By Usman Usman Garba
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has assured that his administration will continue to support the state Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission in its fight against corruption in all ramifications.
He disclosed this on Wednesday at a ceremony to commemorate this year’s International Anti Corruption Day, Public Presentation of Anti Corruption Strategy Documents and Commissioning of Kano Anti Corruption Institute held in the state capital.
Represented by his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the governor said they were commemorating the Day with activities that would augment the effort put in place since the inception of his administration towards the control of corruption, which remains the cancer militating against the socio-economic development of the nation.
“Part of the activities we embarked includes the recent commissioned Anti Corruption Institute which was established to assist in training the staff of Kano State Public Complaints Commission and also to educate the public and civil servants on menace of anti-corruption.
“This is in addition to the new anticorruption strategy documents produced with the aim of prevention of corruption, public engagement and ethical reorientation, enforcement and sanctions, recovery and management of the proceed of corruption and allied offences for its utilisation by all stakeholders in the fight against corruption in the state,” Ganduje said.
He however highlighted that his administration had subscribed to Open Government Partnership (OGP) and even signed the only executive order in the country’s OGP family in order to ensure openness and transparency in government business.
“We established transparency and accountability units in all the MDAs jointly supervised by the state Public Complaints and Anti Corruption Commission and Office of the Head of Civil Service with support from development partners,” he said.
In his remarks, the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Alhaji Muhammad Umar Abba, represented by the commission’s Director Public Relations, Hajiya A’isha Larai Musa commended the state anti-graft body for its foresight and commitment in the fight against the menace in the state.
He revealed that the commissioning of the institute is an important feat in the anti-corruption fight which would give the commission’s personnel and enrollees the opportunity to get familiar with proper knowledge in the field as well as skills on how to discharge their duties effectively.
The acting EFCC chairman emphasised that no society could achieve economic, social and political development when its resources are looted with impunity through corrupt practices.
He added that the progress of a nation hinges on its ability to identify and plug the obvious and secret leakages in its economy and also to adapt to best practices in the ever changing world.
He therefore commended the state government for taking the lead and commitment to the crusade against the menace, assuring of the commission’s continuous support and cooperation in all aspects of fighting corruption.
Speaking earlier, the state commission chairman, Barr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, explained that the success achieved by his outfit in its functions is due to the non interference from the state government as it gave them a level playing field.
He also appreciated the support of the state government in the establishment of the institute and the development partners towards developing the strategy documents.
The occasion was attended by representatives of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC), police, national Human Rights Commission, Federal Public Complaints Commission and other stakeholders in the fight against the menace.