ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA.
The Coordinator of GYB / CEDO media network Comrade Alih Atabor has described the recent corruption ranking of kogi state as one of the most corrupt states in the country by Nigeria Bureau of Statistics ( NBS ) as a product of blackmail, smells corruption and most mischievous.
In a statement signed by Comr. Ali Atabor, Coordinator GYB/CEDO Media Support a copy was made available to Journalists in lokoja , lamented that for an organization to use mischief and dubious means to blacklist the state by those scared of her rising economic profile and opportunities" is in itself corruption.
The statement added that the Bureau has lost its sense of modicum, described the report as lacking credibility.
The Coordinator pointed out that the GYB/CEDO Media Support will take legal means to challenge the false report by the NBS , wondered what has happened to the organization that would warrant selling it image for a pot of porridge.
According to Atabor, Kogi state under the present administration has institutionalized strong mechanism to check fraud in the system, lamented that the Bureau looked the other way when past administration in the state ran the state aground, yet didn’t have the courage to come up with report.
The Coordinator described the NBS report as cash and carry, said it was cooked to discredit the high anti corruption and solid financial standing of the Kogi state government.
Comr. Atabor explained that the present administration has not only strengthened the internal mechanisms to combat corruption in the system, it has placed transparency, and accountability in the front burner in all government transactions.
Comr. Atabor listed the Staff Verification Exercise in the civil service, the digitalization of the Civil Service, granting of autonomy to the tax administrative board, changing the name from the Board of Internal Revenue to the Kogi State Internal Revenue Service as deliberate efforts that has placed the state as the most respected amidst other States.
He noted that the state has explored financial and managerial best practices leading to blockage of leakages in the system.
The coordinator mentioned that the state’s deliberate efforts to digitalized its accounting and auditing administration was for more effective, efficient and dynamic fight against corruption.
He wondered how an organization would come up with such dubious report, when across the country, the story in the media space rates Kogi state as one on a sound footing, having curbed corruption even as regular payment of staff salaries has become the norms.
The Coordinator maintained that the earlier rating by more reputable organization that the state is among the most transparent States in the federation, having won several awards for transparency and accountability, thus rendered the NBS report as baseless, null, void and of no consequences.
The coordinator disclosed that it has information at its disposal that the report by NBS was targeted at some persons, with the intention to discredit the state.
The Coordinator described the Gov. Yahaya Bello’s administration as the best that has ever happened to the state in the fight against corruption, assured that no amount of blackmail and falsehood can halt the state’s march to economic prosperity.
The Coordinator commended the government for the periodic publishing of its financial report as well as monies accrued to the state either through bailout or Paris Refund.