The Executive Secretary of Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Dr. Zainab Ahmed, has said that the agency and all well-meaning Nigerians are looking forward to the full implementation of the report of the House of Representatives Ad Hoc committee on subsidy regime that conducted a probe into the subsidy fund.
Zainab, who led a team of NEITI management on a courtesy call on the Acting Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, (ICPC), Ekpo Nta, said the agency was pleased with the depth of investigation carried out with regard to the fuel subsidy fund.
The NEITI boss, who expressed delight that President Goodluck Jonathan had given a marching orders for the prosecution of culpable parties, however said that all hands must be on deck to ensure the full implementation of the report.
The NEITI boss, who requested a memorandum of understanding in the area of prosecution from the ICPC, said her agency had, ab initio, carried out a full study of the subsidy saga, but was pleased that the House committee probe was able to uncover other salient issues earlier unknown to it.
Speaking with journalists laters, Zainab pointed out that NEITI had been able to make recommendations for offenders of the subsidy saga, but would await the implementation of the report as directed by Jonathan. She expressed the hope that all those fingered in the report for their roles in the subsidy mismanagement are held accountable for their deeds.
In his remark, the ICPC boss pledged closer collaboration with the agency in the fight against graft in the extractive industry. He promised, especially in view of the coming ICPC Academy, to avail staff of NEITI in necessary investigative and prosecutory trainings to equip the institution with requisite skills to tackle corruption.
LEADERSHIP reports that the subsidy probe is a direct fallout of the anti-fuel hike mass protest spearheaded by the Labour movement and civil society groups which paralysed the country in January this year.