President Buhari has Honoured 3 Honest Nigerians
Ejes Gist News can authoritatively report that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday in Abuja, honoured three honest Nigerians. They are two civil servants, Muhammad Ahmad and Nelson Okoronkwo, as well as a Nigerian student studying in Japan, for displaying exemplary acts of honesty and integrity.
Mr Tukur is a Narcotics Assistant Commander for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
He recently recovered and reported to the DEA a bribe of $24,500 offered by a drug lord.
The money was intended to sabotage a drug investigation involving 28 kilograms of cocaine worth billions of Naira.
Mr Okorokwo, who is currently employed by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, was also honoured for his consistent acts of integrity in previous ministries.
He was a member of the fertiliser distribution committee that helped the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development recover billions of naira from racketeers.
He was also credited with reporting corrupt practices that led to the Federal Ministry of Environment’s Ogoni clean-up investigation.
The Deputy Director aided the detection and removal of more than 3,000 fake employers from the Service as Chairman of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture’s Committee on Illegal Recruitment.
In terms of salaries and emoluments, the act saved the government millions of naira.
A wallet containing a large sum of money and other valuables was discovered by Ikenna Nweke, a PhD student from Imo studying in Japan.
When a reward was offered to him, he returned them to the Japanese Police and declined 10% of the money he found.
“I am also happy to note the ICPC special award the PhD student from Imo State studying in Japan,” President Buhari said of Mr Nweke, who joined the event virtually from his base in Japan.
“In far-off Japan, he has made Nigeria proud by demonstrating traditional Nigerian values of honesty and integrity by returning a wallet containing a large sum of money and other valuables to the police.”
“He also declined a reward of 10% of the money found, which was offered to him.”
“I join the ICPC in naming him an ICON OF THE ICPC CITIZENS ANTI-CORRUPTION VOLUNTEER GROUP.”
“He is, without a doubt, an icon and a role model for our youth.” I also congratulate all those whose agencies have received the ICPC Certificate of Integrity.”
Mr Buhari stated that his administration would not hesitate to sanction heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) who misrepresent new projects in the budget as ongoing projects.
He warned that those who bring in personnel into the public workforce through illegal recruitment, or who pad their payrolls and retain ghost workers, would be sanctioned by the federal government.
“By keeping our promise to complete abandoned or ongoing projects started by previous administrations, we reduced the cost of governance.”
“We made sure that MDAs didn’t propose new capital projects at the expense of ongoing projects,” says the report.
“However, the government has noted from the ICPC’s activities that some MDAs have devised the deceptive practice of presenting new projects as ongoing projects.”
“Necessary action and sanctions against the heads of such errant MDAs will continue.”
“I am confident that the ICPC will continue to exercise the vigilance required by the ICPC Act in this regard,” said the President.
The summit’s theme, “Corruption and Cost of Governance: New Imperatives for Fiscal Transparency,” was described by the president as auspicious.
He noted that it reminded Nigerians of the negative consequences of excessive governance costs.
He went on to say that the theme provided an opportunity for stakeholders to contribute ideas on how to reduce the cost of governance while also promoting transparency and accountability in government spending.
“I am pleased that the legislative and judicial branches of government are also focusing on cost-of-governance management.”
“Government is a collective effort; it is not solely the responsibility of the Executive branch.”
The National Ethics and Integrity Policy, which I launched on September 25, 2020, was adopted by the Federal Executive Council on August 19, 2020.
President Buhari said, “I am delighted that some public officers continue to demonstrate the core values of ethics, integrity, and patriotism in their workplaces, and have been identified for their sterling anti-corruption disposition.”
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Muhammad, and a representative of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, were in attendance.
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, chairman of the ICPC, reaffirmed the Commission’s commitment to supporting government programs and projects aimed at containing the spiralling cost of governance in his remarks.
He pointed out that the astronomical cost of governance at the federal and subnational levels had continued to be reflected in the massive wage bill on personnel and operational costs, which accounted for roughly 70% of the annual budget.
Illegal recruitment, as well as illegal and unilateral increases in wages and remuneration by some MDAs, are some of the factors driving up the cost of governance and the personnel budget, according to him.
Other factors, he said, included indiscriminate local and international travel, unreasonable demands by some MDA board members appointed by politicians, and budget padding.
According to him, the ICPC is looking into some cases of illegal recruitment that the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has forwarded to it.
He claimed that the Ministry of Labour, the University College Hospital in Ibadan, as well as some employees of other MDAs, were involved in illegal recruitment.
“With the complicity of compromised elements in IPPIS, this abuse of power is completed. These cases are currently being looked into.
“At another level, a ring of corrupt individuals within the Service employs unsuspecting Nigerians and issues them with forged employment letters.”
“They enrol the recruits in IPPIS fraudulently and send them to equally unsuspecting MDAs to begin work.”
“One of the syndicate’s leaders is being prosecuted by the ICPC.
“We retrieved several fake letters of recommendation purportedly signed by the President’s Chief of Staff, ministers, the Federal Civil Service Commission, and other high-ranking Nigerians from his custody,” Mr Owasanoye said.
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