By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Against the backdrop of indiscriminate conferment of traditional titles,
Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State has issued a strong warning to traditional and religious bodies In the state to stop henceforth .
Such had been the practices by dishing out Traditional and Religious titles to influential persons or persons because of monetary benefits without recourse to vague for the person or person’s characters.
He called on the traditional and religious rulers in the country to key into the Federal Government’s led anti corruption war by ensuring they interrogate the processes that lead to the conferment of chieftaincy and religious titles on their subjects or members in order to weed out corrupt persons who may want to take advantage of such noble gestures for image laundering .
Lalong spoke at the occasion of one-day state level activity by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption in Nigeria held at the Hill Station Banquet Hall
Governor Lalong assured the people of the state that the government will leave no stone unturned to ensure that the civil servants in the state comply with the civil service rules and regulations and other extant laws and values to promote good governance.
The programme which had its theme as: “Value Reorientation And The Fight Again Corruption” Governor Lalong said is not only apt ,but commendable.
The governor stressed that with the recent inauguration of the 9th assembly along side with the Executive, Legislature and the new appointees are emerging to drive the process of governance for the next four years which are the critical focal point of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the National and State level for sustenance for the fight against corruption.
The governor further said that the bane of slow pace and process of development in every nation is corruption which has eating deep into our very fabric of the society ,added that the government is not leaving no stone unturned to unravel all aspects of corrupt practices to allow for good governance, infrastructural development and economic rebirth that will translate about bringinng peace and security.
He further stressed that before now, the president Commander in chief of the armed forces Mohammadu Buhari has made it Cristal clear from inception of the APC administration with zero tolerance for corruption and that any one found enmeshed in corruption will surely face the wrath of the law,with the strengthen of all anti graft agencies and allowed the proper and adequate usage of the laws establishing them.
He said under the present president Buhari government the fight against corruption will be very intense and urge the stakeholders of the national polity to support the noble initiative.
Governor Lalong said the erroneous believe that the fight against corruption is only center on executive arm of government is wrong as the trend has now change, the legislature, judiciary and all other sectors of the economy are now under watch which led to the recent commission of Independent Corrupt Practice And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC)just commissioned investigators to verify constituency projects executed by the immediate past senators and Members of the House of Representatives.