Eniola Akinkuotu, Abuja
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission says it has seized 95 vehicles from ex-officials of the Ministry of Water Resources and the defunct Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme.
The Chairman of the ICPC, Mr. Ekpo Nta, said this when the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption visited the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
The spokesperson for the ICPC, Mr. Rasheedat Okoduwa, said in a statement that Nta told the lawmakers that the vehicles were recovered during the winding down of the activities of the defunct SURE-P by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The inspection formed part of the visit by members of the committee to ICPC on oversight duties.
Speaking, the ICPC boss explained that the recovery of the vehicles was an indication of the resolve of the commission to tackle the various manifestations of corrupt practices perpetrated by some government officials.
Nta said 40 of them were recovered from some Retired officials of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
Speaking at the visit, Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Akinloye Babajide said that the essence of the visit was for his committee to acquire a better knowledge of what the commission was doing and to offer support where necessary.
He commended the commission for fostering a good image for Nigeria through its preventive initiatives against corruption.
Earlier in his remarks, while receiving the visitors, the ICPC chairman had said that preventing corruption is a major objective of the mandate of the commission which was also the thrust of what it was doing.
Nta defined corruption as an “opportunistic crime since people tend to abuse opportunities which then lead them to engage in corruption” and therefore advocated the elimination of such opportunities.
“The ICPC is interested in the development and deployment of ICT in government processes to achieve success with greater ease. This will be the height of our prevention activities”, he said.