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Thursday, June 01, 2017

CCT Judge condemns FG, states for buying vehicles for politicians

Hon. Justice Agwadza William Atedze of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Wednesday criticised federal and state governments’ use of public funds to buy vehicles for politicians.

“This should not be happening; public funds should be used for projects and to meet other desires of the masses”, he said at launch of Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) report titled Combating Grand Corruption and Impunity in Nigeria: An Agenda for Institutional Reforms in Anti-Corruption Strategies.

The report is published under a project to promote justice sector and anti-corruption oversight mechanism reform, which SERAP is undertaking in collaboration with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USA.

Justice Atedze urged the organisationto research the issues “to see how best we can reconcile our social and cultural values viz-a-viz the entire war against corruption and advise our policymakers accordingly.”

Apart from Justice Atedze who represented CCT Chairman, Hon. Justice Danladi Yakubu Umar, others in attendance were officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
Mr. Dauda Joki-Lasisi, Head of Procurement and Fraud Section of the EFCC, said that, “The fight against corruption can be likened to an allegory of a giant in the midst of ants, as little as an ant is, it may not be able to wear the trouser of a giant, but will remove it.”

Head of ICPC Lagos Office Mr. Olufemi Nofiu; and Mr. T. Collins who represented the Chairman of the CCB, Mr. Sam Saba echoed similar sentiments, promising to “do anything and everything within their powers to curb corruption in the country in its entirety.”

Chairman of the report launch Barrister Babatunde Ogala said that, “Corruption is simply a way of life for us all, it is deep, when you steal as a religious institution, you are as corrupt as any Nigerian. In my opinion, corruption is both cultural and religious, corruption is as big as this country, the way of curbing it is by changing our national orientation.”

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