ICPC Goes After Fraudulent Contractors, Officials In 2013

ICPC Goes After Fraudulent Contractors, Officials In 2013

The commission warned Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government “not to touch unspent funds in the 2012 budget” adding, “we are going to check the treasury in January next year to see how much has been returned.”

ICPC Goes After Fraudulent Contractors, Officials In 2013

It called on those involved in all forms of graft to have a rethink in their own interest.

Chairman, ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, said, “Impunity to law and order and non-compliance to rules and regulations are the major contributing factors to widespread corruption in the country.

“As from 2013, ICPC will go after any contractor who abandons project on site after collecting mobiliisation fees, the university teacher who extorts and harasses students, the public servant who breaches fiscal and budgetary rules as well as persons living in apartments or owning property above their legitimate means.”

The ICPC boss said through combined efforts with the Pension Reform Task Team, the sanitisation of the Contributory Pension Scheme had led to the remittance of N243bn into the Retirement Savings Accounts of contributors this year.

It added that the System Review of the activities and operations of 185 MDAs had yielded the recovery of “N188m in 2011 from eight MDAs and N25m from some area councils’ top officials in the Federal Capital Territory.

Nta said under his administration, the commission would no longer wait for petitions from the public before moving against abuse of office by public officials.

According to him, the ICPC had already established two units- Financial Investigation And Assets Tracing and Recovery Units to pursue vigorously, the preventive aspect of the commission’s mandate.

On the continued poor rating of Nigeria by the global anti-corruption agency-Transparency International chart – Nta averred that TI’s perception index was not entirely representative of the facts on ground.

He said the ICPC, in partnership with the National Bureau Of Statistics, had taken steps to produce a perception index of corruption in Nigeria.

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