Mr Muhuyi Magaji, the Chairman, Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-corruption Commission, has called on all the 36 state governments and FCT administration to participate actively in fighting corruption for the progress of the country.
Magaji made the appeal while speaking at a one-day parley on the fght against corruption at sub-national level organised by a non-governmental organisation, Muryar Talaka Awareness Initiatives, held in Kano.
He pointed out that prior to the creation of the current anti-corruption agencies at national level, most of the legal insruments aganst corrupt practices were in the penal and criminal codes, which were state legislations.
He however lamented that the state governments have allowed themselves to be victims in the fight against corruption instead of actors.
He described corruption as one of the factors delaying progress and development of any nation anywhere in the world, stressing that the fight against corruption should be a collective effort by all stakeholders in order to make justice affordable for commonman.
According to him, the commission has recorded tremendous achievements including the construction of new offices in all the 44 local government areas of the state, recruitment of over 100 staff, training and retraining of staff in addition to treating over 4,000 different cases.
The chairman disclosed that the commission was working independently without the influence of any person or group, adding it is only acting based on petitions and complaints from individuals or groups and get justice for free as the commission was always willing and ready to serve them.
Magaji expressed the commission’s willingness to partner with all stakeholders towards achieving efficiency in addressing complaints and disputes within the public in the state.
He commended the efforts of the organisers of the parley, whom he described as promoters of transparency and accountability in government, private sectors as well as among common people.
He therefore urged other state governments to emulate Kano state by establishing similar anti-corruption agencies with guaranteed autonomy to achieve the desired results.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of Muryar Talaka and awareness initiative, Mr Zaidu Bala, commended the Kano state government for establishing the anti-corruption agency and urged other states to adapt it.
Bala also appreciated the robust and dogged disposition of the chairman of the commission in the fight against corruption in the state. (NAN)
Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola