The Acting Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Ahaziah A. Suleiman, has called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to confiscate the many unoccupied houses littering the streets of Abuja and convert them to government properties.
Mr. Suleiman, who made the call during the inauguration of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of VON recently in Abuja, noted that people with ill- gotten wealth use such funds to buy houses in highbrow areas of cities in Nigeria to hide their wealth. He advised that ICPC and EFCC should take an inventory of properties of corrupt people in cities such as Abuja, Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Kano.
The Acting Director-General, while speaking about the members of the ACTU, assured ICPC that they were persons of impeccable character and integrity who would do their best to stem the tide of corruption in VON and Nigeria in general.
Earlier during the inauguration, ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta, had said that public servants should be sensitized on the need to imbibe high ethical standards in public service, as well as steering clear of the temptation of corruption.
Mr. Nta, who was represented by Assistant Commissioner Justin Kuatsea said that the Commission, in collaboration with the Office of Head of Service of the Federation, established ACTU as a way of giving the needed impetus to the fight against corruption in the Public Service.
He called on the members of the newly re-constituted ACTU to be worthy of service to the organisation by working with sincerity of heart, sacrifice and dedication to duty.
On his part, the ACTU Chairman, Geofrey Okeke, assured that they would not disappoint the organisation, or give room for corrupt practices in the organisation.