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Governor Radda seeks EFCC’s partnership to strengthen Katsina Anti-Graft Commission

Governor Radda seeks EFCC’s partnership to strengthen Katsina Anti-Graft Commission

By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina 

The Katsina State Governor, Malam Dikko Umaru Radda has solicited the partnership and support of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to take the State’s anti-corruption war to the next level.

Radda made the appeal on Friday when he led some of his cabinet members to the headquarters of Nigeria’s anti graft agency, EFCC in Abuja.

Malam Dikko Radda reiterated his administration’s zero tolerance for graft, noting that the Katsina State Anti-Corruption Commission was recently established as part of efforts to ensure government officials and civil servants act professionally, and shun abusing public trust.

The governor appealed to the EFCC to assist in nurturing the Katsina anti-graft agency in order for it to actualise its corporate visions and target objective.

According to him “as Governor of Katsina State, I am exploring new ways of reducing economic and financial crimes in government. 

“We are working hard to ensure that civil servants are not pressured into doing the wrong thing across all tiers of government. 

“We also encourage contractors to avoid being pressured into dubious activities at the expense of our people”.

Governor Radda further explained that his administration is also doing a lot to boost transparency in the Katsina public service, to ensure the opportunity to misappropriate or embezzle public funds are reduced to a bearest minimum. “To this end, we have implemented TSA and we are rapidly digitizing our revenue and expenditure systems to provide more transparency and close loopholes. 

“We are a new government and we have a lot to learn as we navigate our administrative responsibilities.

“I would want our commissioners, accounting officers, procurement officers, and those saddled with budget implementation to take advantage of your academy, and acquire the knowledge to do right in their roles.

“We welcome suggestions on how to design better systems to fight corruption and we are open to providing you with our full support, where the Commission has reason to believe members of our administration are not going by the book”.

Responding, the Executive Chairman of the Federal anti-graft agency, EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede, reiterated the agency commitment to fighting corruption, which he noted is Nigeria’s major albatross.

According to the EFCC boss, pervasive graft has stunted the country’s accelerated development and infrastructural growth.

He further explained that lack of enforcement and compliance are what is affecting the robust implementation of anti-corruption policies and reforms.

Olukoyede, applauded Governor Radda for establishing both the Katsina State Anti-Corruption Commission and Fiscal Responsibility Commission, FRC, promised that their agency will organise capacity-building training for the pioneer staff of the Katsina anti-graft body.

“Your Excellency, you equally deserve to be commended for implementing the Treasury Single Account TSA, as part of sanitizing the public finance system of the Katsina civil service. We want to assure you of our support, in every possible way. As part of our collaboration too, we shall also be setting up a Special Desk which shall serve as a link between the EFCC and the Katsina State’s Anti-Corruption Commission”, he said. 

Highlights of the visit was the appointment of Governor Radda as an “Anti-Corruption  Marshal” of the EFCC as he also bagged a Fellowship of the Anti-Corruption Marshal.

A statement by the Governor Chief Press Secretary, CPS, Ibrahim Kaula Mohammed, said Radda’s recognition was for his strides against fighting corruption in Katsina’s public service, according to the EFCC helmsman.

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