- The Kano state government has established an anti-corruption institute
- The initiative is the first of its kind in Nigeria
- The Centre for Public Trust (CPT) has commended Governor Abdullahi Gaduje for the initiative
A foremost non-governmental organisation based in Abuja, Centre for Public Trust (CPT) has commended Governor Abdullahi Gaduje for recently establishing the Kano state anti-corruption institute.
In a letter addressed to the governor, the group congratulated the governor for what it described as “a bold and novel initiative that is capable of transforming the governance landscape in the state.”
The group described the new anti-corruption institute as “a useful training arena for all arms of government and other stakeholders to research and learn towards evolving a homegrown anti-corruption approach that reflects the peculiarities of the Nigerian context especially Kano state.”
CPT enjoined the institute to “build partnerships with similar institutes across Africa and the world for cross-fertilization of ideas and knowledge sharing.”
According to the group, “it is on record that Kano state remains the first state in Nigeria to establish a state anti-corruption agency.”
It said the Kano state anti-corruption and public complaints commission established by the Ganduje administration and led by Barrister Magaji Muhuyi Rimingado “has been very active in prosecuting embezzlers of public resources, promoting the amicable settlement of disputes and recovery of misappropriated funds.”
The organisation further called on other state governments in the country to “emulate the exemplary efforts of the Kano state governor in bringing the fight against corruption closer to the grassroots level in order to deliver the dividends of democracy.”
The Kano public complaint and anti-corruption commission is known for challenging the status quo and going for the elites, who were hitherto not been subjected to investigation or prosecution.
Under Barrister Rimingado's watch, the commission probed and unearthed some irregularities in the accounts of the Kano Emirate Council which ultimately led to the ouster of the former Emir of Kano, Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II.
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Following the probe and revelations in the Emirate Council, delegates of the Northern Coalition for Democracy and Progress (NADP) had unanimously called for the resignation of Emir Sanusi.
The decision was taken after NADP delegates from the 18 out of the 19 states that make up the north-west, north-east and north-central states met in Abuja.
In a communique signed by the national coordinator Dr Abba Gwarzo, the group called commended Governor Ganduje “for his courage to lead the reform that will bring development closer to the people.”