THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF KANO STATE, DR. ABDULLAHI UMAR GANDUJE OFR, AT A PROGRAMME ORGANISED BY KANO STATE GOVERNMENT IN COLLABORATION WITH FEDERAL MINISTRY OF JUSTICE TO COMMEMORATE THE 2016 ANTI-CORRUPTION DAY ON 12TH DECEMBER, 2016 AT CORONATION HALL, GOVERNMENT HOUSE, KANO.
All praise is due to Allah, the creator of the universe. May His blessings and peace be upon His Messenger Muhammad (S.A.W.), His great and respected Companions, pious wives and progenies as well as those who treated his footsteps up to the end of this world.
It is indeed a great honour and pleasure to host this conference tagged “All State Governments’ Conference on Anti-Corruption” to commemorate the 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day when the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is making frantic effort to control the monster of corruption which remains the cancer militating against the socio economic development of Nigeria as a nation.
This is the second time in the life of this administration in which this day is commemorated. This time in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Justice. The collaboration is a wise idea of putting hands on deck to achieve the disired goal of fighting corruption from both Federal level to the state government level.
The theme of this years conference “United against corruption for development, peace and security” coincided with the desire of Nigerian people to get rid of the current insecurity and economic woes which are attributable to the rampant corruption to which the country has been exposed to for decades.
Today we are commemorating the international efforts against corruption and this programme is one of our efforts in the fight against corruption which is the cardinal principle Kano State government under the present administration.
On assumption of office in May 2015, we promised to reinvigorate the State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commisison in line with our party’s manifestos of zero tollerance against corruption. This promise we have fulfilled.
Let me use this oppurtunity to look back to where we started and where we are know on the fight against corruption. Since 29th May, 2015 we did everything possible to reorganise the Commission. we made it functional in fullfilment of our campaign promises of transparency and accountability. We realised this dream through:-
- Provision of vibrant leadership to the Commission and non-interference policy which yielded positive results and above all earned public acceptance of the institution as an unbiased empire.
- General rehabilitation of the Commission’s headquarters as well as provision of furniture and vehicles for effective performance.
- Establishment of the 44 Local Government offices of the Commission which aimed to enlarge the scope of its operation in terms of the fight against corruption and also bringing it closer to the people in terms of the disputes settlement.
- The government also approved the request of the Commission for the recruitment of additional staff to manage the 44 Local Government offices despite the financial challenges facing the country.
- We have also put in place all efforts to enforce the capacity building of the Commission’s staff and preparation in top gear to train 200 No. of staff on basic investigation skills at ICPC Anti-Corruption Academy.
In the last one year, the Commission’s performance is satisfactory. The performance of the Commission placed Kano State in a leading role in this country in terms of the fight against corruption as well as protection and promotion of human rights. From its statutory annual report we understand that the Commission recorded the following achievements:-
- Tackled number of corruption cases some of which are now ongoing before the courts.
- Settled number of disputes between the public of different nature.
- Protected citizen’s rights of diverse nature and often even where states institutions are involved.
- Providing a leading role in ensuring the implementation of government policies of transparency and accountability through deterrence of corrupt practices in the public service.
- Complement government’s effort in the detection of ghost workers amongst the civil service among others.
For sustainability and for more achievements in the years ahead, the government will soon forward a proposed amendment of the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission Law 2008 (as amended) with a view to addressing gaps and inadequacies that hindered the Commission’s effective performance.
In conclusion, I wish at this juncture to call on other states of the federation to replicate the Kano State model of Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption. This is not only necessary but desirable to assist the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration war on corruption.
I welcome you all to Kano State and wish you successful deliberations.