In continuation of its efforts to create a more cordial relationship between traditional institutions and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC), the Katsina office of the Commission paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Katsina State, Alhaji (Dr.) Abdulmumini Kabir on Tuesday.
The visit, led by ICPC’s Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner (RACC) in Katsina State, Mr. Mahdi Lawal, stated that the courtesy call was aimed at seeking the support and blessings of the Emir against corruption in the state.
Mr. Mahdi informed the Emir of some of the activities of the Commission including a one-day sensitisation dialogue with traditional rulers, religious leaders and community-based civil society organisations on behavioural change, the National Ethics and Integrity Policy (NEIP) and the Constituency and Executives Project Tracking Initiative (CEPTI).
He went further to brief the traditional ruler on the Commission’s recent activities including monitoring the cash-swap policy of the federal government and the general elections and assured the royal father that the ICPC in Katsina State will continue to be fair and objective in the discharge of its mandate.
He thereafter commended the Emirate Council for their support to the Commission and sought further collaboration to stamp out corruption from Katsina State and put in place the spirit of accountability and integrity in citizen’s daily activities, urging them to report all acts of corruption to the anti-graft agency.
In his response, the Emir described corruption as a cankerworm that has ruined all strata of our society.
He went further to say that the hydra-headed monster spares no one. “All hands must be on deck to checkmate the growth of corruption individually and collectively for the betterment of Nigeria”, he added.
The monarch charged the people of Katsina and all public servants in the country to eschew all forms corruption in order to restore the country’s lost glory.
Alhaji Kabir advised officers of the Commission to discharge their work diligently without fear or favour as stipulated by the ICPC Act 2000 and avoid anything that may jeopardise national unity.
He applauded the initiatives of ICPC which he referred to as a “restoration path” towards honesty, integrity and nationalism.