Executive, Judiciary More corrupt Than Legislature -ICPC

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, has said that the executive arm of government in Nigeria was more corrupt than the legislative and judicial arms.

A statement from the commission’s spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said Owasanoye spoke while delivering a lecture titled, ‘The legislature and fight against graft and corruption’, at the 9th National Assembly Induction Programme for new legislators in Abuja.

Owasanoye told participants that members of the legislative arm would also continue to be branded corrupt by the public until the arm made its yearly budget public.

The statement said, “Corruption thrives more in the executive than the legislature and the judiciary. “The ICPC boss based his assertion on the fact that the aggregate budgetary allocation to Ministries, Departments and Agencies year by year was more than that of the other two arms combined, thereby allowing corruption to thrive. Corruption in the executive is far more than the legislature and judiciary combined. This is because the executive spends a far bigger chunk of the money appropriated.”

Responding, Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, told the gathering that he had canvassed for a complete disclosure of the budget of the NASS to put an end to the numerous accusations of corruption against members.

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