By Henry Odeh
…says state ready to collaborate with Commission
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, said on Thursday that his administration has started reaching out to former office holders in the state, who have been discovered to have withheld state’s resources, to return same or risk being reported to the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
The Governor, who gave the hint while receiving the chairman of ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye and his management team in his office, said that the state government “expects that the former office holders would cooperate with it and return funds traced to them.”
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying: “We are not here to witch-hunt the past administration or individuals. That is probably why you (ICPC) have not seen a lot of petitions coming from us. But as we have progressed, what we have seen is that some of the resources were mismanaged.
“We have been talking to the people involved. If they return those resources, then, we probably won’t need to come to ICPC, because the whole idea is for you to help us recover those resources of the state that had been stolen. If they refuse to cooperate, I am just putting them on notice now, then we will come to ICPC for assistance.”
The Governor, who promised that he would equally declare his resources openly after his tenure just like he did when he assumed office, added that he would keep insisting on accountability.
“We have taken corruption as a cankerworm that we know can destroy all of us if not checked. Most importantly, for the leaders, you have very few of us that decided to hold ourselves accountable. That is why upon resumption of office, I publicly declared my assets. I did not want people to start going through FoI (Freedom of Information Act) channel to have clarity of where one is coming from.
“At the end of my tenure of office, I also will come out to declare my assets publicly.