Nigeria labour Congress has commended the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission for returning over N1 billion diverted by some corrupt officials of the Federal Ministry of Environment.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) has commended the Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) efforts in ensuring that over N1 billion being public funds criminally diverted by some corrupt officials of the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Federal Pay Office were successfully returned.
The ICPC under the chairmanship of Mr. Ekpo Nta, according to the labour organisation was commended following the renewed effort and commitment targeted at rooting out corruption out of the country as have demonstrated by it.
As expected of the anti-corruption agency in the drive against corruption, it stated that the move is in consonance with“ the objectives of the Congress’ September 10th march against Corruption and for Good Governance which is to encourage best anti-graft practices which is what ICPC is commendably doing.”
It commended that “We salute the renewed effort and commitment of ICPC to recover looted public funds and other proceeds arising from criminal activities linked to corruption investigations.
With the re-invigorated effort in tandem with its mission statement which is; “To rid Nigeria of Corruption Through Lawful Enforcement and Preventive Measures” NLC, in a statement made available to The Union stated that “Nigeria Labour Congress will continue to support all the anti graft agencies in their patriotic collective crusade against.”
The statement signed by the NLC National President, Mr Wabba Ayuba further urged the anti-corruption agencies of government to ensure the recovered looted funds are properly channelled to the activities they are meant for.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Mrs Nana Fatima Mede, disclosed that the recovered money would be channelled to the Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative of the Federal Government, to assuage the crises faced by over 43 million Nigerians on desertification in 11 northern states.
The states include of Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe and Borno; and 43 local government areas which will be covered to rehabilitate 225,000 hectares of land.
The Great Green Wall initiative by the government was aimed at managing drought, desertification while ensuring the forestation of a wide expanse of land currently being ravaged by deserts in the northern part of the country.
Other benefits of the Great Green Wall will also empower the people around the desert areas economically with 5,000- direct mass decent jobs (those engaged in tree planting, forest guards, sellers of fruits and vegetables, and watering) and skills acquisition programmes on agriculture as well as permanently put an end to the constant clash between farmers and cattle herders in some parts of the north.
These are the critical benefits which the criminal corrupt officials would have denied the nation if ICPC had not been vigilant, according to the permanent secretary.
As we have seen with these latest recovered monies, Nigeria and Nigerians are the ultimate losers whenever corruption succeeds. Conversely all Nigerians are winners whenever corruption is apprehended as in this case,” Mede said.
– Sunny Obidigbo