BY EDMOND ODOK – The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, said the anti-corruption agency had recovered over N117 billion between January and August this year in the framework of the federal government’s fight against corruption in the country.
Owasanoye, who made the disclosure while defending the Commission’s 2023 budget proposal in Abuja before the House of Representatives Committees on Anti-Corruption and Appropriation in Abuja, said the distribution of recoveries includes N1.413 billion and $225,965 in ICPC/TSA collection account and N1 0.264 billion cash through tax intervention
A statement from ICPC spokeswoman Ms. Azuka Ogugua said on Thursday that the president also explained that other recoveries were plots of land, completed buildings, vehicles, electronics and jewelry, all valued at N679.13 million, N2.603 billion, N81.1 million, N1.55 million and N195,500.
On the execution of the 2022 budget, the The ICPC boss said the Commission had withheld N49.9 billion through the intervention of the study and review of the system; 6.435 billion naira in cash through budget tracking; N53.91 billion through ICPC advice and N614.2 million in other accounts.
He said that in addition to recoveries, the Commission also completed 672 investigations and 565 non-request-led investigations during the 2022 budget cycle, adding that other commendable progress has been made, including “obtaining 15 convictions; 538 projects tracked under the Constituency and Executive Project Tracking Initiative (CEPTI); deployment of an ethics and integrity compliance scorecard in 260 MDAs; The review of the open treasury portal in 30 MDAs was also carried out.
“Study and review of the system of 10 ministerial departments and agencies (MDAs)”; inauguration of 26 Anti-Corruption and Transparency Units (ACTU); 14 corruption monitoring activities undertaken; and public information and education of Nigerians on and against corruption through various platforms,” were also achieved.
In his remarks during the defense of the budget, the chairman of the House of Representatives Anti-Corruption Committee, Mr. Nicholas Garba Shehu, commended the ICPC and the members of its board of directors for their dynamic and visionary leadership. in the fight against corruption.
Noting that their visionary leadership style has completely reversed the fortunes of the Commission into a vibrant and viable anti-corruption agency, the lawmaker urged them not to give up but to keep soaring.
This is how he instructed the federal government to release the rest of the Commission’s 2022 budget, to enable it to achieve its objective.
Also urging the Commission to urgently develop a whistleblower mobile application to facilitate its operations and the execution of its mandate, the chairman of the committee said that Nigerians can easily take advantage of this innovation to timely report acts of corruption from anywhere at any time.