Nigerian state governments have been urged to emulate the anti-corruption initiatives of Kano State government for the fight against corruption to make meaningful impact in the country.
The Executive Chairman Kano State Public Complaints and Anticorruption Commission, Muhuyi Rimingado, made the call at a one-day parley on the fight against corruption at sub-national level organised by Muryar Talaka and Awareness Initiative, a non-governmental organisation in Kano State.
The chairman, in a statement by spokesman for the commission Usman Bello, urged other state governments to copy from Kano state by establishing anti-corruption agencies and giving them autonomy to achieve the desired results.
Mr Rimingado said all the 36 state governments in the federation must actively participate in the crusade.
He pointed out that prior to the creation of the current anti-corruption agencies at national level, most of the legal instruments against corrupt practices were in the penal and criminal codes, which were state legislations.
Mr Rimingado lamented that currently the state governments have allowed themselves to be victims in the fight against corruption instead of actors.
He then enumerated some of modest achievements of his agency ranging from establishment of 44 local government offices, recruitment and training of 160 staff as well as execution of over 4,000 cases, including high-profile cases.
Mr Rimingado maintained that his anti-graft agency is not under any influence and acts independently, pointing out that it has investigated and even prosecuted serving commissioner, permanent secretaries and some directors.
Earlier in his remarks, the chairman of Muryar Talaka and Awareness Initiative Zaidu Birnin-Kebbi commended the Kano state government for establishing anti-corruption agency and equally appreciated the “robust and dogged disposition” of the executive of chairman of the commission in the fight against the corruption.
He said they were in Kano state to acquaint themselves with the activities of anti-corruption agency and get clarification on certain rumors that were going round against the commission over time on its performance.
Mr Birnin-Kebbi said the meeting has afford them the opportunity to get clear picture of anti graft body, noting that most of the negative news against the commission were mere rumours that lack basis.