United Nations Commends Ganduje’s Anti-Corruption Efforts
-As Ganduje reiterates commitment to strengthen gender approach to curb menace
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) commends the Kano state government under Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in his efforts in strengthening institutions as part of the launch pad in fighting corruption from all ramifications, urging him to continue supporting the state Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.
The commendation came through Nigeria’s Representative on UNODC, Dr Oliver Stolpe, at the Stakeholders’ Meeting on Gender and Corruption on Second Corruption Survey Report in Nigeria, held recently at Tahir Guest Palace Hotel, Kano.
Dr Stolpe said he was impressed by the state Anti-Corruption Commission in its activities towards fight against corruption, which he indicated, was largely because of the interest and political will the state governor has in the activities of the Commission, coupled with the good leadership the anti-graft body has.
He also urged for continued support for the Commission by the state government, which he assured that, would aid development and its sustainability. “We should all understand that strengthening institutions is also key in this herculean task ahead of all of us,” he stated.
While the programme came as timely as it should, according to the UNDOC representative, governor’s presence at the programme and the partnership, among other things, are pointer to the commitment and readiness of the state government in the gigantic effort.
The programme was co-hosted by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, taking the lead from the state angle, and the State Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development, along other stakeholders, like United Nations Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN-WOMEN), National Council for Women Societies in Nigeria (NCWS), UKaid, UNODC among others.
It was an offshoot of the Second Corruption Survey which took place on the 6th December, 2019, which the meeting was held to “…engage stakeholders to discuss and better understand the different interpretation of policy implications of the Report and to disseminate findings to the relevant sectors become imperative.”
In his brief remarks governor Ganduje reveals that, it was a source of joy and proud to the state “…to have very functional Anti-Corruption Agency, second to none in the list of any state government owned similar body, if at all they exist.”
“Our Anti-Corruption Commission is not only active, but it has non-interference from the state. A serving Commissioner was sacked because of the activities of this Commission. Not only that, there was a Permanent Secretary who also lost his position because of the activities of this anti-graft body. So also other officials like Directors, all falled victims of the Commission’s investigations,” he reveals.
After commending the focus and approach of the meeting, that is women-centred/gender sensitive, he urged the United Nations and other development partners to assist the state anti-graft agency in capacity building, the use of ICT and further more creating good atmosphere for more effective and efficient fight against the menace of corruption.
He added, “This approach that is women-centred is apt and timely. Why because, it is perceived that women are more honest than men. And with the increasing dynamic nature of our societies women can play some critical roles in this fight against corruption also.”
Part of the purpose of the Meeting, according to the Meeting’s Concept Note, was to “…familiarize stakeholders with the data, dissemination, popularise and promote better analysis and understanding of the content of the Report and strengthen actions towards the prevention of gender-corruption in Nigeria through advocacy.”
The meeting put together Commissioners of Women Affairs from all the 36 states including the Federal Capital, Abuja, the above listed stakeholders, gender-based groups and civil society organisations and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), among others.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State
Sunday 22nd February, 2020