Poor funding of ICPC, Others Worries Senate

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The Senate has observed that the fight against corruption in Nigeria may be scuttled by the growing underfunding of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and other anti-corruption agencies in Nigeria.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes, Senator Chukwuka Godfrey Utazi, who raised the concern during the budget defence of ICPC at the National Assembly Complex noted that poor budgetary allocation to the Commission would hinder ICPC from attaining its set targets.

He said, “If we want to fight corruption, we must fund the fight. You want to fight corruption without funding? It won’t work. Agencies like ICPC need to get into the consciousness of Nigerians. They need to do enlightenment and educate the people on the ills of corruption. This will help us to look at the ‘cause’ which is less expensive than what we are doing now by running after the corrupt.”

Senator Utazi assured ICPC that the Senate would ensure improved budgetary allocation to the Commission.

His words, “There must be a total overturn in the budgetary process. We will make a case that you get what you deserve to do your work. We have done that for others before, so we will do it again.

‘We are going to see what the Committee will do. We will engage the relevant people concerned including our colleagues from the House of Representatives to look at the paltry sums being given to you.”

Earlier, the Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, lamented that inadequate funding was hindering the performance of the Commission.

He told the Committee that some operations of the Commission were delayed and others left unexecuted in 2016 because of insufficient funds even while they were captured in the budget.

ICPC had submitted a budget proposal of N5.8 billion for 2017 to the National Assembly.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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