Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, has disclosed that the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) assisted the state government to recover the sum of N120 million from the state’s Commercial Farmers Loans Scheme.
The governor disclosed this at the commissioning of the new Adamawa State Office complex of the ICPC.
Spokesperson, ICPC, Azuka Ogugua in a statement on Monday said Fintiri who was represented by Deputy Governor of the State, Chief Crowther Seth, commended the commission’s contributions to the promotion of integrity, transparency and accountability in the State.
According to him, the introduction of various governance reforms, especially the establishment of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Units in MDAs, have been playing pivotal roles in ensuring that public officials observe due process in the conduct of government affairs
The Governor underscored the partnership between the State and the commission, which he said had contributed in no small measure to the realisation of the objectives of the State Government’s programmes and project.
He called on ICPC to consider building the capacity of Adamawa State government officials, especially members of the Anti-corruption Units in MDAs to, not only resist the temptation of being corrupt but also have a full grasp of the anti-corruption laws and extant regulations to guide their daily official and private transactions.
Earlier, ICPC Chairman Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN), expressed his gratitude to the Governor and people of Adamawa State for the generous support towards the Commission.
He stated that ICPC was empowered by law to set up offices in the 36 states of the Federation, adding that the Adamawa State Office was the third prototype-built office structure to be commissioned after Oyo and Sokoto States offices.
The ICPC chairman also revealed that the Adamawa State Office was among the second set of the State Offices that were established by ICPC in 2007 with a few members of Staff in a rented apartment.
According to him, the new office building “is in fulfilment of ICPC’S dream to own its offices in all the States of the Federation.”
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Suleiman Abdu Kwari, who was represented by Senator Binos Dauda Yaro, thanked the chairman and the board for the bold steps of proper utilisation of the commission’s finances and promised to support the Commission in its effort through appropriation and legislative interventions.