NHA joins hands with NAB in ‘Say No to cor­rup­tion’ cam­paign

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD—Chair­man Na­tional High­way Au­thor­ity Shahid Ashraf Tarar has said that elim­i­na­tion of cor­rup­tion is im­per­a­tive for at­tain­ing na­tional progress and joint ef­forts were re­quired to root out the evil of cor­rup­tion from so­ci­ety. He said this while talk­ing to NAB’s Di­rec­tor Gen­eral (Aware­ness & Pre­ven­tion), Ms. Aliya Rashid, who met him in his of­fice to­day.

The vis­it­ing guest un­der­scored the need for a con­certed ef­fort in cre­at­ing aware­ness against the men­ace of cor­rup- tion and in­vited NHA to join hands with Na­tional Ac­count­abil­ity Bureau in its cam­paign ‘Say No to cor­rup­tion’ so that the mes­sage could be dis­sem­i­nated widely and more ef­fec­tively.

The Chair­man said that NHA was fully com­mit­ted to NAB’s ef­forts as it was a na­tional obli­ga­tion. He em­pha­sized on cre­at­ing aware­ness against the ill-ef­fects of cor­rup­tion and said the so­ci­eties with­out ef­fec­tive sys­tem of ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency can­not progress. He in­formed the vis­it­ing guest that NHA had ini­ti­ated a com­pre­hen­sive re­form process un­der which the en­tire sys­tem was up­graded to make it free from ma­nip­u­la­tion. The pro­ce­dure for award of works was stream­lined. Sim­i­larly, pow­ers were de-cen­tral­ized with in­tro­duc­tion of mul­ti­ple lay­ers of checks and bal­ance. He said that sub­stan­tial amounts were saved in var­i­ous con­struc­tion projects by virtue of these re­forms.

It was de­cided in the meet­ing to jointly or­ga­nize a sem­i­nar on the im­por­tance of trans­parency in na­tional projects. The meet­ing also agreed to spread the mes­sage more ag­gres­sively through NHA’s ad­ver­tise­ments and high­way safety cam­paigns.

Chair­man NHA Shahid Ashraf Tarar & DG NAB Aaliya Rashid along­with others dis­play­ing NAB’s slo­gan “Say No To Cor­rup­tion” at NHA HQs.—INP

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