Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC has said that Nigeria needed to have parameters for appropriating and accounting for security votes without jeopardizing national security.
Chairman of ICPC, Bolaji Owasanoye, said this at the Quarterly Policy Dialogue on Accountability for Security Votes organised by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, the training arm of the ICPC, in Abuja on Wednesday.
Security vote is a monthly allowance that is allocated to the 36 states for the sole purpose of funding security services within such states and it runs into billions of Naira based on the level of security required by the individual state
The chairman said that there should be mechanisms that would ensure that secrecy did not void accountability in the issue of security votes in the country.
Owasanoye said this was necessary because accountability was key to diminishing corruption which is important to national security and development.
He explained that security votes was an easy and attractive route for stealing public funds and a veritable avenue for abuse of public trust and escalation of poverty.