A driver and his ticket vendor under Oyo State Pacessetter Transport Service (Ajumose), whose identities were witheld in the meantime have been suspended by the transport body for siphoning fuel from their vehicle for sale to a private vehicle at Arapaja area along Old Ijebu road in Ibadan recently.
The driver was caught in the act by a member of Corrupt Practices Eradication Organization of Nigeria (COPEON), a nongovernmental organization with members across Nigeria who recorded the process in his mobile phone and submitted same to his superiors.
The Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion, Mr Yinka Fatoki who addressed journalists today while hosting the Director of Administration COPEON, Rev. (Dr.) Oluwabusuyi Benjamin at his office said the anti-corruption body duly informed the office of the State governor of the incident before it was directed to his agency.
Fatoki disclosed to newsmen that the driver and his ticket vendor have been issued query and suspended so as to investigate the extent of culpability of other employees under the Pacesetter Transport Service.
“This is like a whistle blower approach to anti-corruption though the NGO that helped exposed this are not ready to gain anything pecuniary except for a changed and better Nigeria.
“The culprits are under suspension for now as we have commenced investigations into the actions of our drivers and ticket vendors with the possibility of exposing not just this act but others that are not yet exposed.”
He further stated that the State government was ready to partner with whoever that was ready to expose shady dealings by individuals within and outside the government which might affect its income generation, starting that the administration would forge a sustainable partnership with COPEON.
Fatoki told reporters that the government transport agency was not owing any of its workers any salary as they have all been paid till April 2017.
“We appreciate the efforts of COPEON and we are ready to forge partnership to fight corruption in public service of Oyo State, as much as we are trying to boost the revenue of government, some bad elements will want to be stumbling blocks, so it is necessary to make scapegoats of some people so as to deter such acts.
“Not long after we take over the control of Pacesetter Transport Service, we have put 95% of the company’s fleet of buses back on the road and company workers are not owed, so anybody that has been paid up-to-date and still steal government property should receive punitive punishment,” he retorted.
The Director of Administration (COPEON), Oluwabusuyi Benjamin while narrating the process that led to the unraveling of the act said the NGO had armed its members with what he called sophisticated hand phones and other materials to capture corrupt practices.
He called on the appropriate authorities to keep up the tempo on sensitising members of the public toward positive attitude to societal development.
“There is need to sensitize Nigerians on the need for positive attitudinal change and our organization is ready to work with the State government to arrest the current pace of corrupt practices.”