CSOs demand transparency, accountability in probe panels reports

CSOs demand transparency, accountability in probe panels reports

 

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Nigeria have urged the Federal Government to ensure transparency in its implementation of probe panel reports.

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According to a report by CSOs, 544 grand corruption cases are still ongoing, with three concluded but no action taken, and 200 or more spending a thousand days without action.

CSOs are concerned that most probe panels are abandoned halfway through.

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Over the years, various administrations have established numerous probe panels to combat corruption across the country, but most of these efforts have been in vain .

Experts believe probe panels have now become a means of covering up crimes and corruption in Government rather than a means of exposing them, and punishing culprits.

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Last year panels were set up by Senate and House of Reps to probe allegations of massive misappropriation of funds in NDDC which unfortunately died out like other probes.

In order to change this narrative, Civil Society Organisations are pleading with the Federal Government to carefully examine the activities and inactions of Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

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The CSOs also used the opportunity to unveil the probe monitor portal, to raise awareness among citizens so they know what is going on with probes on grand corruption.

According to Angela Nworgu, Chairman Board of Trustees Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch, Five hundred and forty four cases are still ongoing, three have been concluded but no actions have been taken, while two hundred plus cases have spent a thousand days without any action by probe panels .

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The group disclosed that its research took about five months to complete.

 

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