Jos, the capital of Plateau State recently hosted the anti-corruption summit of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) with the theme: ‘Transparency and Accountability, a Panacea to Good Governance and sustainable Development’ which drew participants from the judiciary, media, academia and government officials. The summit was flagged off by the Governor of the state, Mr Simon Bako Lalong, who was represented by his Deputy, Professor Sonnie Tyoden.
The governor said the summit was very apt and will strengthen the fight of corruption in Plateau.
“Corruption is a global terror and the world is at war with it”, he said. He lamented the rate of corruption in the country, saying Nigeria was rated as the 136 out of 168 in 2016. He said Nigeria is also being ranked as the 3rd terrorist country in the world after Iran and Pakistan. Factors responsible for that, according to him, are poor access to education, increase cases of child labour and diseases, infrastructural deficits, among other myraids of challenges. He expressed the readiness of the state government to partner with ICPC and fight corruption into a single digit.
In his address, ICPC Chairman, Barr Expo Nta, said the level of corruption in Nigeria has made her to be deserted by other people, saying that painfully, many Nigerians have to line up to be screened for visas to travel abroad. He said the Commission will not rest on its oars to stem the menace out of Nigeria.