7th April, 2011
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) says corrupt leaders are to blame for the erratic power supply in Nigeria.
ICPC North East Zonal Coordinator, Segun Adegun, made the statement during an advocacy visit to the North-East Zonal Office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Bauchi.
â€œIt is embarrassing for the country to be advertising its purported success on the power sector using promotional adverts in the media celebrating 4,000 megawatt of electricity when a country like Uganda could boast of a similar feat.
â€œSection 16 of the Constitution provides for the leaders to provide basic amenities but this is not the case after 51 years of independence,â€ the ICPC zonal coordinator noted.
He stated that corruption was the major challenge to national development and a major obstacle to the countryâ€™s democratic aspirations.
Adegun said that the visit to NAN was to remind the media of their constitutional role by making leaders accountable.
He called on journalists to team up with the commission in exposing corrupt leaders, and commended NAN for its effective coverage of the commissionâ€™s activities.
The ICPC zonal coordinator pledged to ensure unfettered access to information, adding that â€œthe job of fighting corruption should not be left for the commission aloneâ€.
Responding, the Agencyâ€™s Zonal Manager in Bauchi, Malam Sani Adamu, thanked the ICPC team for the visit and gave the assurance that the agency would continue to partner with all anti-corrupt agencies to rid the country of â€œcorrupt practices and corrupt elements.â€