Abuja - The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Ekpo Nta, has cited the non-payment of public officials in recent months as one of the major causes of rampant corruption.
He said this after he led board members of the commission to brief the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other senators on the activities of the anti-graft body.
“Public officers have been put through a lot of destabilization during the (political) changes. They have not had pensions paid and all these had accumulated to the point where they have to resort to self help,” said Nta.
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Nta said tackling corruption required that the substructures that support corruption in the system were addressed before going after the “symptoms of corruption”.
“We discovered that if the civil service is working optimally and the shortcomings are addressed, the issue of corruption would be made unattractive,” Nta said.
His sentiments come at a time some states struggling with financial challenges have struggled to pay their workers.
Meanwhile, during the meeting which also included officials from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Code of Conduct Bureau, Saraki assured the anti-corruption agencies that he was committed to “a zero tolerance” policy on corruption in the National Assembly.
- CAJ News