ICPC hands over 40 stolen vehicles recovered from directors to Water Resources Ministry
The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) on Wednesday hands over 40 vehicles carted-away by some retired directors and deputy directors to the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
The Honourable Member of ICPC, Alhaji Bako Abdullahi performed the ceremony on behalf of the commission at the commissions’ headquarters in Abuja.
He described as worrisome the unlawful act given the caliber of personalities involve.
“It is extremely disturbing to note that these vehicles were recovered from directors and deputy directors.
“It is extremely sad that the vehicles meant for administration and operational responsibilities of government establishment were taken away by retiring public officers in whose oversights were the vehicles”.
The 40 unit of vehicles handed over consist of 14-Hilux pickup, 14-Jeep, 3-Toyota Avensis, 7-Toyota Corolla, 1-Toyota Camry 1 and 6 Audi A6.
The Honourable Member was however happy with the proactive measures taken by ICPC to recover the stolen vehicles. He accused members of the ministry who kept mute while operational vehicles were being carted away as aiding and abetting corruption.
“It is fulfilling because the ICPC in its usual effort was alive to its responsibility and enforcement of the provisions of the law as enshrined in the statute establishing it.
“There is also the need for everyone to know that those who saw the vehicle been carted away and said noting were also part of the conspiracy for abuse of trust of office and government property”.
Receiving the vehicles on behalf of the federal ministry of water resources; the Permanent Secretary, Rabi Jemeta, stressed that operational vehicles should be use for their sole purpose. And officers in need of personal vehicles can get optioned vehicles.
“Operational vehicles are operational vehicles, they are meant to be used for government activities”.
She believed that the recovery made by ICPC will send signal to officers of MDAs that it is no longer business as usual.
“I hope that, that will signal the end of impunity not just in federal ministry of water resources but in all MDAs”.
It would be recalled that the ICPC in December recovered 40 vehicles from former directors and deputy directors of Federal Ministry of Water Resources.