The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has been commended for helping a former staff of the Ministry of Transport, Mr. Eddy Oko-Jaja recover N8, 019, 804 owed him on account of medical bills he incurred while receiving treatment in a London hospital 20 years ago.
The Commission, after thorough investigation discovered that the Ministry was indeed indebted to Mr. Oko-Jaja and therefore mandated that he should be paid. The money has since been released to him by the Budget Office of the Federation.
Mr. Oko-Jaja in a letter of appreciation was full of praise for the ICPC for helping him recover his money after 20 years.
His letter reads in part, “I have on the 9th January 2015 received the payment in respect of the reimbursement for my medical costs which have been outstanding since 1995.
‘I wholeheartedly express my immense gratitude to the Chairman for working tirelessly in exerting maximum pressure on the Federal Ministry of Transport without letting them any breathing space which has resulted in the eventual release of this payment.
‘I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that without the intervention and maximum application of the Commission’s authority, the Ministry would never have made this payment which has been pending for 20 years this January.
‘ICPC is an excellent institution, something Nigerians should be proud of because of the way the institution has transparently and meticulously handled this matter for me with above the board credibility.”
The Commission hereby reiterates its commitment to the fight against corruption in Nigeria by marshaling all its statutory powers to correct systemic deficiencies or corrupt practices that give way to the denial of citizens` legitimate entitlements.