BEING TEXT OF AN ACCEPTANCE SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, UMARU TANKO AL-MAKURA, GOVERNOR OF NASARAWA STATE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATE OF RETURN BY THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC) ON HIS RE-ELECTION AS GOVERNOR OF THE STATE, LAFIA: MONDAY, 13TH APRIL, 2015
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has reaffirmed that the decision of ICPC to locate its Anti-Corruption Academy in the historical city of Keffi and the intension of ICPC to expand this important Academy will further compliment his government’s effort in institutionalizing the values of financial probity and discipline in governance. Governor Al-Makura noted that from inception his administration was founded on the platform of transparency and accountability, which is the reason why Nasarawa State was one of the earliest states to send a bill to its State House of Assembly to enact the Fiscal Responsibility Bill.
Al-Makura asserted that as an apostle of discipline and probity who will give his full support to ICPC to prosecute any member of his own administration who commits any corrupt misdemeanour, his support to the growth and enduring sustainability of the Anti-Corruption Academy in Keffi is a matter of personal conviction which stems from his unwavering commitment to the values of financial discipline, transparency and probity.
Earlier in his remarks, the leader of ICPC delegation Alhaji Abdul-Aziz Salami, who is a member of the Executive Board of ICPC (Independent Corrupt Practices Commission) congratulated Governor Tanko Al-Makura for his robust, deliberate and decisive attempts to confront insurgency in Nasarawa State and noted that peace is indispensable to any civilized society and therefore assured Governor Al-Makura that whatever investment and mechanism his government has put in place to promote peace is worth the while.
Alhaji Abdul-Aziz reiterated that ICPC believed in capacity building and has spent much of its resources on staff development by exposing ICPC personnel to international conferences and training on anti-corruption. It is in this vein that ICPC chose a serene environment in Keffi to become its nucleus for manpower development and thus established the Anti-Corruption Academy Keffi, which is being designed to become the hub for anti-corruption studies in West Africa. Abdul-Aziz stated that for the Anti-Corruption Academy to attain the requisite ranking that will make it an international institution of repute, ICPC was paying a courtesy call on Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to solicit an extension of its facility in Keffi southwards by (4) additional hectares, as an extension to the (6) hectares which Nasarawa State government had previously granted the Commission.
While encouraging the ICPC to continue in its relentless fight to curb and stamp-out corruption, Governor Al-Makura revealed that Nasarawa State is a direct beneficiary of the good works of the ICPC because he recalled that without any prompting on the part of government, sometime last year, ICPC called to his administration and relinquished over 100 million naira as monies recovered which belonged to the state government.
The ICPC delegation used the opportunity to remind all Nigerians that all citizens are by law mandated to report cases of corruption, while asserting that no one has the right to concoct lies and use false information to malign any other citizen.
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