By Chris Ochayi
ABUJAâ€” THE Federal Government, yesterday, directed the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, to inspect and supervise capital projects and other procurement matters.
The move is aimed at curbing poor job executions by some contractors handling various projects and sharp practices in some Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
A member of the ICPC, Ambassador Uriah Angulu who disclosed this at the anti-corruption sensitization programme for staff of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in Abuja, said it was regrettable that the government was continually criticized for failing in its obligations to the citizenry.
He said: â€œI say that this is the collective failure of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs of government which are charged with putting effect to government policies and initiatives.
â€œThey have failed because of a lack of transformational approach to and sense of moral responsibility in the execution of their mandates. To address this situation, the ICPC is reviewing the template for Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit, ACTU, for obligations in the MDAs in a manner that will reposition the units as agents of transformation.â€
Angulu said that to give bite to their corruption prevention function and drive accountability in the various public organizations, the new ACTU would be actively involved in the inspection and supervision of capital projects and other procurement matters, while still discharging their education and value-reorientation responsibility.
In his paper entitled, â€œCorruption, bane of development: A transformational pathway,â€ the ambassador vowed that the ICPC would remain committed to its mandate, adding that its determination to rid the country of corruption was being advocated to all and sundry.
Searchlight on LG chairmen
Professor of Criminology and Director, Centre for Corruption Studies, University of Abuja, Professor Femi Odekunle, who was the guest speaker, challenged the ICPC to beam its searchlight on activities of the Local Government Chairmen whose levels of performance, he said, did not reflect the funds they got.
Odekunle said: â€œThe anti-corruption effort does not seem to impact at the local government level where development projects do not reflect disbursed funds.â€
He said it was the failure of the Code of Conduct Bureau to deliver on its mandate that led to the establishment of the EFCC and ICPC, noting that if they had performed their functions, there wouldnâ€™t have been any reason to create ICPC and EFCC.
In his contribution, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, suggested that to curb corruption, the system must provide the environment that would provide and care for the future of civil servants in the country.