By Usman Bala
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has commended the Kano State government under the leadership of Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for strengthening institutions as part of a launch pad in the fight against corruption in the state, urging the governor to continue supporting the state’s Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC).
The commendation came through Nigeria’s representative on UNODC, Dr Oliver Stolpe, at a Stakeholders’ Meeting on Gender and Corruption on Second Corruption Survey Report in Nigeria in Kano.
While the programme came as timely as it should, according to the UNDOC representative, the governor’s presence at the event and the partnership, among other things, were pointers to the commitment and readiness of the state government to fight corruption.
The programme was co-hosted by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, and the State Ministry for Women Affairs and Social Development, with the collaboration of other stakeholders like the United Nations Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN-WOMEN), National Council for Women Societies in Nigeria (NCWS), UKaid, UNODC among others.
In his brief remarks, Governor Ganduje said,
“Our Anti-Corruption Commission is not only active, but it has non-interference from the state. A serving commissioner was sacked because of the activities of this commission. Not only that, there was a permanent secretary, who also lost his position because of the activities of this anti-graft body. So also other officials like directors.”
The governor also urged the United Nations and other development partners to assist the state’s anti-graft agency in capacity building, and the use of ICT.