Officials of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) were in Jigawa last week to carry out a routine system study and review exercise and not for political reasons.
This is contained in a statement issued yesterday in Abuja by Mr Folu Olamiti, the ICPC Resident Media Consultant. The statement was reacting to reports that the commission’s officials, who were in the state from November 11 to November 12, were there to probe the state government.
The statement explained that the exercise was meant to help agencies being reviewed to strengthen their operational systems and avoid future infractions that could attract investigation and criminal prosecution. It said that similar system reviews had been successfully carried out in Kebbi and Katsina States and it did not attract any coloration or innuendo.
The statement said local governments in other states had in the past benefited from such an exercise. It noted that the Kogi State House of Assembly had passed laws to aid local government administration following similar system studies conducted on Adavi Local Government in 2012.
“ICPC has a three-pronged approach to tackling the problem of corruption, namely the prevention, enforcement and public enlightenment”. (NAN)