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Kano holds international anti-corruption day




Kano State Government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Justice organised this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day. The event was attended by many government representatives including anti-corruption agencies, National Orientation Agency, state governments as well as representatives of donor agencies, activists, women groups, student leaders and civil society organisations from across the nation.

Various speeches on combating corruption in Nigeria were presented.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami who led the team from the Federal Ministry of Justice (FMOJ) commended the initiative of the Kano state Government and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his team for remaining consistently focused on promoting culture of transparency and accountability in governance through the establishment of the State Public Complaints and Anti -Corruption Commission.

He also stated that it was the first of its kind and an example worthy of emulation by other state governments. The minister lamented that “corruption undermines economic development, political stability, rule of law, social development, disrupts social order and destroys public trust in the governance system.”

He used the occasion to present to the public the National Anticorruption Strategy (NACS), the Justice Sector Reform Action Plan and the Nigeria’s Open Government Partnership Action Plan (OGP-NAP) which was recently presented in Paris.

Dr. Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Professor Hafizu Abubakar, who disclosed the theme of this year’s conference titled “United Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security.” Emphasizing that the theme is very relevant to the contextual realities in the state in the fight against corruption which is the cardinal principle of the Kano State Government under the present administration. The Governor also commended the effort of the State Anti-Corruption Commission and called on other states of the Federation to replicate the Kano State Model of Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption in order to assist President Muhammadu Buhari led administration war against corruption. the Elder statesman, Danmasanin Kano. Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule expressed confidence that despite challenges with the fight against corruption, there is room for success.

The Executive Chairman of Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, Malam Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado, thanked the governor for supporting the commission to enjoy its independence without unnecessary interference as provided by Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption law 2008 as amended , he also thanked all the stakeholders in the fight against corruption for their attendance, which translates their commitment, passion and zeal to the crusade against corruption and disclosed that preparations are on top gear for the training of about 200 members of the Commission at the ICPC Anti-Corruption academy.

International Anti -Corruption Day is observed every December 9.

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