Renowned anti-graft activist and pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu, says for Nigeria to effectively tackle corruption, the security votes given to governors must be stopped.
Ribadu, who stated this while making a presentation at the on-going 2016 Annual conference of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), in Abuja, said the biggest form of criminality in the country is the allocation of security to governors.
According to him, subsidies in whatever guise breeds corruption, and all these must be removed from the system at whatever level it is being deployed as those managing it and their cronies amassed it for self-aggrandisement.
Ribadu further noted that corruption can be reduced to its barest minimum, adding: “This is do-able, let all of us stand and say all public spending must go through budgetary process and must follow transparency, it should be open and transparent and let us not allow whatever is called padding.
“Why should security vote be kept secret by governors?. If you are spending to entrench peace, Then there should be no secrecy about it.
“Nigerians must take a stand to say that all public monies must be properly budgeted and this should be open and transparent, we should not allow.
“No government official should be allowed to have security vote, it’s all lies and fraud. There must be transparency in the award of contract and to employment. CSOs, the media and whistle blowers must be assisted by government to enable them do their work effectively as in India and Singapore.” he said
While passing of confidence on the present EFCC management, he said it is impossible for recovered to be re-looted, adding that recovered funds are usually paid to the federation account or domiciled with the CBN as prescribed by court.