Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, has called on stakeholders to avail themselves of its services in the area of system review against corruption.
Chairman of the commission, Ekpo Ita, said this in Gombe while presenting a report of their findings on the study and review of the State Board of Internal Revenue system to the state government.
He said the collaboration was purely mutual and not punitive, saying this had been demonstrated in all international, federal and state agencies that they have collaborated with to improve its anti-corruption processes.
Represented by Abdullahi Bako, ICPC’s North-East representative, Ita said the commission also offers Corruption Risk Assessments and Anticipation training at the Anticorruption Academy of Nigeria, ACAN.
He said the organisations that they have collaborated with have had their anti-corruption processes improved, especially in the area of criminal evasion and manipulation of taxation processes and helped them to recover substantial amounts.
“All our recommendations are currently being implemented by various stakeholders, while continued criminal actions and inactions are being sanctioned through investigations and prosecutions,” the ICPC chairman emphasised.
Receiving their report, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo appreciated and commended the anti-graft agency for a job well done.
He said the state willingly entered into the relationship with a view to highlighting areas that it lacks adequate capacity so that it would be enhanced to safeguard the trust the leadership structure carries.
He said he would still engage their services in the near future to look at other Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state.
“It is not witch-hunting. These are things that are done in order to leave good legacies. Legacy is not only roads and water and other utilities, legacies are good systems that will ensure efficient performance,” the governor told his commissioners.
Findings of the system study presented by ICPC’s Jude Okoye is that the edict, establishing the Gombe State Board of Internal Revenue, GSBIR, has remained the same since it was enacted in 1997.
It said GSBIR had operated without a board since 2012 and without a well-defined organisational structure with most of the staff not having schedules.
It was also revealed that the board was inefficient in generation and had consistently submitted overblown monthly financial reports to the governor, while engaging in other practices that deny the state government revenues.

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