President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, while giving a speech at the National Summit On Diminishing Corruption In Public Service held in Abuja. said that corruption is the catalyst for poverty, insecurity, weak educational system, poor health facilities and services and many other ills in the country.
READ HIS STATEMENT BELOW:
“As I have repeatedly said, corruption is the cause of many major problems in our country. It is a catalyst for poverty, insecurity, weak educational system, poor health facilities and services and many other ills of our society.
“This government is working hard to overcome such ills. Corruption generally and public sector corruption, in particular, inhibits the ability of government to deliver infrastructure and basic services to the people.
“That is why I have reiterated on many occasions that corruption is an existential threat to Nigeria. Corruption is furthermore a major threat to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and the socio-economic transformation we are all working hard to bring about in Nigeria.
“I have been following with keen interest activities of the ICPC since I inaugurated the new Board in February this year. I am aware of major enforcement and preventive initiatives of the current Board of the ICPC such as the System Study Review, tracking of Zonal Intervention Projects, otherwise called Constituency Projects, your collaboration with the National Social Investment Office and other measures that you are pursuing.
“It is on record that in the past ten years One trillion naira (N1trillion) has been appropriated for constituency projects yet the impact of such huge spending on the lives and welfare of ordinary Nigerians can hardly be seen.
“The first phase report of tracking these projects by ICPC confirms our worst fears that people at the grassroots have not benefited in terms commensurate with the huge sums appropriated for constituency projects since inception.
“Therefore, the ICPC has my full support and the support of this government to hold fully to account contractors, complicit public servants and project sponsors who divert funds meant for constituencies or other people-oriented welfare projects of our government or who by other means reduce the quality and value of such projects meant for our people,”