By Olawale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A group, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR) has called on Kogi State Government to as matter of urgency investigate the report by the National Bureau of Statistics(NBS) that the state is number one corrupt state in the Country.
The Executive Director, CHRCR, Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul made this call while speaking at the 6th Quarter Review of meeting of Media and CSO on Anti Corruption, Transparency and Accountability in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Foundation in Lokoja on Tuesday.
Abdul explained that the report was embarrassing to the people the state that Kogi was the most corrupt State in Nigeria and the worst State Capital in the Country.
He stated that the report should not be swept under the carpet, saying the state should go extra miles to critical look at report and bring those found wanting to book.
He added that government should not read meanings into the contents of the said report, saying that the government should look inward and investigate the matter now.
Abdul also lamented that the State government has not deemed it fit to constitute Kogi State Independent Electoral Commission KOSIEC for conduct of Local government election in the State.
He noted for the past four years no local government was conducted in the State,even when the tenure of the Local government administrator has expired since march 2019, stressing that State House of Assembly has refused to mandate the executive to conduct an election.
Abdul also that the group had identified some lapses in 2020 but, adding that road construction was for 805 kilometers has been award at cost of N1 billion but there was no such stretch of the road in Kogi State.
The group, however, appealed to the State government to establish the own Television state for purpose educating, entertaining and information dissemination to the people of the state.
It would be recalled that the National Bureau of Statistics had last year released a report that was the most corrupt state in Nigeria