A Transparency and Accountability Group (TAG), a Civil Society Organization (CSO), issued a call on Saturday for President Bola Tinubu to dismiss the Heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) due to alleged corrupt activities.
In a statement signed by President Ayo Olorun, TAG emphasized that the continuous corruption carried out by these officials is unacceptable. The organization urged the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to hold the heads of these organizations accountable, recover any illicit gains, and cleanse the public service in the best interest of Nigerians.
Furthermore, TAG highlighted the need for a comprehensive restructuring and repositioning of the nation’s public service to enhance service delivery and productivity.
The statement also urged President Bola Tinubu to take the necessary steps to dismiss all heads of parastatals and appoint credible individuals to replace them.
The state reads in part, “We in Transparency and Accountability Group, TAG, are pained with endemic corruption that has existed in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, over the years, and this current heads of the MDAs are neck-dip in corruption as we are here now.
“The loopholes created by these heads of MDAs to siphon public resources for personal aggrandizement is unacceptable and they have to be dealt with.
“We call on the Economic and Financial Crisis, EFCC, and Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, to swing into action and ensure investigation, arrest, and prosecution of any culprit.
“We also call on President Bola Tinubu, to sack all heads of departments and agencies for them to pave way for the anti-graft agencies to holistically carry out their investigations.”
In addition, the group revealed its intention to organize extensive protests aimed at ensuring that both the heads and their collaborators involved in criminal activities within the MDAs are held responsible for their actions under Tinubu’s leadership.
“We are not just holding a press conference but will match our words with action, therefore we are set to embark on a massive mobilization for protest to ensure the heads and their accomplices at the MDAs are investigated and prosecuted.
“We will match to all the MDAs and on the streets of Abuja and Lagos to achieve this sanitization of the MDAs.”
Nevertheless, they expressed confidence that following the recent actions taken by the president, such as the removal of the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, due to allegations of financial corruption and misconduct, as well as the removal of the Chairman of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, similar actions will be taken at the MDAs.