Released September 8, 2021
Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Yahaya says Nigeria’s history of corruption depends on neglect of the administration, adding that it is not free from indiscipline.
Yahaya did so in his address on Tuesday during an event held by the Anti Corruption Academy of Nigeria on “Value governance as a panacea to curb corruption”, attended by professional and political officials.
Yahaya shares the view of the Nigerian President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), that corruption must be eliminated before it erodes the financial prosperity of the state.
“Today corruption has carved its way deep into the fabric of our society. This is due to decades of administrative neglect and lack of discipline. Fighting corruption is one of the main goals of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government. Nigeria is a signatory to both the United Nations and the African Union Conventions against Corruption.
“As President Buhari always says, ‘We must kill corruption before corruption kills Nigeria.’ Let me make it clear that I strongly share Mr President’s vision of creating a corruption-free Nigeria, where our resources are wisely used for the benefit of all of our people, ”said Yahaya.
The governor praised the successes in founding the academy and noted that his government has accomplished much to ensure that the government regains sanctity.
He added: “For us in Gombe we speak the language and combine our words with actions. We are all aware of the inherited financial mess and the tremendous successes we have had over the past two years. From closing spills to eliminating layoffs, to public service reforms and budget discipline.
“We have demonstrated our determination to break with the past and embark on a new course for Gombe State based on prudence, efficiency and transparency. Because only through a fair and efficient use of resources can we deliver the dividends of democracy to our people in a substantial way. ”
Yahaya said attendees are expected to apply their new knowledge and insights in their various workplaces to improve service.
For his part, the Director of Education and Awareness of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes, Baba Ashiru, said a World Bank report found that most corrupt practices are committed in the public sector.
“I would therefore like to appeal to the participants not to treat the knowledge gained during the workshop with disdain,” he added.