By Ibironke Ariyo
Abuja – The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has called for institutional partnership to reduce impact of corruption, safeguard transparency and accountability at each level of government.
Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, made the call at the official launch of the Anti-Corruption App “FLAGIT”, a mobile application developed to empower Nigerians to report cases of corruption, on Thursday in Abuja.
Boboye said that the activities of fraudsters, corrupt public officials and mis-governance had led to loss of confidence in Nigeria by its citizens at home and abroad.
He said that Nigeria was widely viewed as a country where no transaction occurs with integrity, regardless of the existence of anti corruption laws and regulations.
“Corruption is still a serious issue in our society. It is, therefore, apt to state that institutional partnership is a necessity for a successful fight against corruption.
“Although Independent Corrupt Practices and Other related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Corruption Commission (EFCC) were established to combat corruption at various levels.
“It is regrettable that hitherto, little success is being achieved in that direction,“ he said.
He said that the commission was one of the organisations in the country with zero tolerance for corrupt practices by its staff.
“The corps has also established anti-corruption structures toward its fight against corruption,” he said.
The Corps Marshal said that the commission also subscribed to the presidential enabling business environment council app.
He said this provides a platform for the public to air their views and grievances against substandard services and corrupt practices by government personnel.
“Anti-corruption units of the corps were equipped with digital cameras and binoculars with a view to ensuring diligence and effectiveness in the discharge of their duties,” he said.
Boboye urged the public to report corrupt officers in the corps for appropriate investigation and disciplinary action where culpability was established.
“FRSC bribe takers have devised means of extorting money from the motoring public without necessarily coming into contact with same.
“This hampers the process of diligent investigation that may culminate into appropriate sanctions. Involvement of other agencies as well as private organisations is therefore a welcomed development.”
He called on the public to play a very pivotal role in sanitising public institutions, including law enforcement agencies from corruption, by not offering bribe to public officials.
Executive Director, AFF, Mr Akin Fadeyi, called on the Federal Government to facilitate a partnership between the foundation and the office of the Head of service of the Federation.
Fadeyi, who was represented by Mr Simon Kolawole, CEO of The cable and Chairman, Board of trustees of the Foundation, said that the partnership would help the civil servants do their jobs without demanding for bribes.
“I want to assure you all that, AFF will not lower its guards in the fight against corruption and we are already working on another innovation to demand accountability from local government councils,” he said.