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CCB monitors distribution of COVID-19 palliatives

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The Chairman, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Prof. Mohammed Isah has said that the agency is monitoring the federal and state governments distribution and management of COVID-19 palliatives.

According to Isah, the move is a very supportive one to help the fight against corruption by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration and to enshrine transparency and accountability in the discharge of government’s responsibilities to the citizens.

“We are responding to the call to help in the monitoring of the processes in the distribution of the COVID -19 palliatives and other social intervention programmes which include the school feeding initiative, distribution of food items, conditional cash support to the vulnerable at all levels from the Federal Government to the state and local government areas as well as donations by the private sector,” he stated.

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The CCB, in a statement at the weekend, noted that as part of its mandate of tackling corruption, and in demonstration of commitment to its statutory responsibilities during the lockdown, sent out its independent monitoring team to ensure that the palliatives get to the targeted population and that due process is followed for purposes of accountability.

Isah said the CCB set up special monitoring teams headed by the federal commissioners representing each of the six geo-political zones and its offices across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“We have a responsibility to ensure confidence in government system and projects, the monitoring of this social intervention scheme is one of the ways we hold those who help to implement government activities accountable to all and that is why the entire exercise is spread across the whole nation,” he stated.

On why there is so much involvement of traditional rulers in the exercise, the CCB chairman said that the traditional institution remained a critical stakeholder as the leader of the people within each domain.

“We are a people with values for our culture and we have a lot of respect for the traditional rulers who help to uphold our ways of life.

Therefore, we believe if we have the buy-in and the support of these traditional rulers, it becomes easier to make people accountable to the society in which they live,” he added.

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