Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday directed the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to swiftly act upon managers of Ministries Departments, and Agencies MDAs, and other individuals taking part in graft and corruption cases.
According to the President probing the ICPC had brought to light instances where some bosses in the MDAs bring on board untouched projects and claim that they are progressive projects thereby circumventing his administration to cut down the cost of leadership.
Buhari presented his address at the 3rd National Summit on destroying corruption in the public sphere in Abuja. It was summit-themed. “Corruption and Cost of Governance New Imperatives for Fiscal Transparency.”
“Necessary action should be taken against the heads of such errant MDAs. I am confident that IUCPC will continue to maintain the vigilance required of her by the ICPC Act in this regard.
“We reduced the cost of governance by maintaining our promise to complete abandoned or ongoing projects commenced by the previous administration and have ensured that MDAs do not put forward new capital projects at the expense of ongoing projects.
“Government has, however, noted from the activities of the ICPC that some MDAs have devised the fraudulent practice of presenting new projects as ongoing projects.
“I am however delighted that the Legislative and Judicial arms of government are also under focus on managing the cost of government because the government is collective and is not the business of the Executive branch alone.”
Buhari spoke of being gladdened that a number of civil and public servants have continued not only to portend the values of ethics, integrity, and patriotism but have been established for their strength in combatting corruption.