Magu, Ehusani to speak on corruption at ALGON workshop

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Ibrahim Magu, Acting EFCC Chairman of EFCC
Ibrahim Magu, Acting EFCC Chairman of EFCC

Mr Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), will speak at the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) maiden anti-corruption workshop scheduled for November.

A statement by ALGON on Tuesday in Abuja, said that former Secretary General of Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. George Ehusani, would also speak at the occasion.

The statement signed by the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of ALGON, Mr Odunayo Ategbero, said that the workshop would hold from Nov. 9 to Nov. 10 at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja.

Ategbero said that Magu would take the anti-corruption awareness to the grassroots as he would speak to principal operators of the 774 local governments of the federation.

He said that the EFCC boss would deliver a keynote with the theme “Monumental Effect of Corruption at Grassroots Development and Growth of Nigerian Economy.”

Ategbero said that the workshop was organised by ALGON in collaboration with the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE).

According to him, state governors, commissioners for local governments, auditors-general for local governments from states, local government chairmen, heads of personnel administration and treasurers will be in attendance.

Also expected to participate are the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) among others.

He said the programme would also focus on boosting internally generated revenue at the third tier of government

“The national workshop basically aims at sensitising and discussing on how to stem the tide of indiscipline and corruption in the local government system.

“This is in consideration of the fact that the growth of local government administration in Nigeria has suffered immeasurable retardation as a result of corruption in our national policy.

“ There is no gain saying the fact that development at the grassroots is key to the growth of the nation, unfortunately it is rather backsliding, hence the level of infrastructure decay prevalent at that level caused by greed and amateurism of the players.”

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