By Malachy Uzendu and Erasmus Alaneme
GOVERNOR Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State yesterday implored the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) to endeavour to reverse what he termed 'resource curse' on the country.
The appeal came even as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairman, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu canvassed that NEITI be further strengthened to enable it effectively carry out its mandate.
Also, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) yesterday called on relevant authorities to enact a law that would empower the commission to vet all candidates seeking elective posts, saying the action would help strengthen the nation's democracy as well as stem corruption.
Both Gov. Yuguda and Ribadu spoke in Bauchi at a road show organized by NEITI, while the ICPC chairman, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola made the plea in Abuja.
The governor who was represented by National Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI) President, Alhaji Sanusi Maijama'a said there was need to expand the NEITI scope, predicting that it would help alter poverty in the land.
NEITI, he added, is designed to turn around the fortunes of the people through the nation's abundant natural resources.
According to him, transparency is an elixir for good ...