DAMBAZAU COMMENDS PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE AGAINST CORRUPTION
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd) and Prof Femi Odekunle
The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), has commended members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption for the insightfulness and diligence it applies in carrying out its assignment since inception.
General Dambazau stated this in Abuja when members of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, led by Professor Femi Odekunle, briefed him on the activities of the Committee so far.
He said the Nigerian society appreciates the effort of the Committee in coordinating and enhancing the activities of this administration in its fight against corruption.
The Minister explained that corruption should be fought on the thrust of what he called the RAT concept, which consists of Responsibility, Accountability and Transparency, aimed at reducing to the barest minimum, the incidence of corruption, as office holders would be held accountable.
Gen. Dambazau posited that for corruption to be successfully fought, those in authority should be responsible for their action and for those under them; the led accountable to both the leaders and to the society, while the system should be transparent in all its dealings.
He called for a proper vetting system, involving easy retrieval of data, to be put in place in the recruitment process, particularly into the security agencies, a measure that would help edge out people of questionable character and with propensity for crime.
Earlier, in his remarks, the leader of the Committee, Professor Femi Odekunle, described fighting corruption as a function of management that required dealing with the culture of demand; applying risk management, which involves removing the temptations; and putting in place a feedback mechanism to respond to complaints.
He commended the agencies under the Ministry on the improvement in their respective service delivery, as well as the efforts made to shed corruption in their operations, but however called for capacity-building of their personnel, especially on how to fight corruption in their interface with the public.
Professor Odekunle advocated a proper delineation of the respective and overlap functions of the Services, for better service delivery, and also called for institutional reforms of the agencies.
He also asked for adequate funding of the activities of the agencies, such as the provision of funds to fuel operational vehicles.
In a remark, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, said that lack of fund to run the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and inadequate capacity-building were responsible for breeding of corruption in the Civil Service.
The meeting was also attended by the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammad Babandede; Controller-General, Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS), Ja’afaru Ahmed; Controller-General, Federal Fire Service (FFS), Joseph Anebi, and the representative of the Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd), flanked on the LEFT by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, and Directors in the Ministry; and on the RIGHT by Professor Femi Odekunle and other members of the Committee
(L-R) Controller-General, Nigeria Prison Service, Ja’afaru Ahmed; Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede; Controller-General, Federal Fire Service, Engr Anebi G Joseph