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Alshayeb Calls for Electing Legislative and Monitoring Bodies to Combat Corruption
12/05/2010 - 02:48 am

Jafar Alshayeb, Chairman of Qatif Municipal Council in Saudi Arabia, called for forming elected official and civil legislative and monitoring bodies that have the power of monitoring the execution of municipal projects.
He said that corruption affected many municipal and utility projects due to assigning such projects to "subcontractors". He added that these projects are usually executed by unqualified and irresponsible workers, and held the responsibility of such actions to municipalities and executive bodies as well.
In this respect, Alshayeb confirmed that activating the role of monitoring through neutral official and civil institutions contributes in restraining such phenomenon. He expressed his anticipation for the existence of such institutions in order to effectively prevent the prevalence of corruption.
In his statement to AlWatan newspaper, Alshayeb mentioned that "announcing the investigation results of Jeddah catastrophic floods is a significant step for Saudi Arabia on the way of combating all forms of corruption, and preventing them from dominating public-sector departments". Moreover, he said "we are in a desperate need for collective efforts with participation of all departments to address such serious problem". He emphasized that "non-governmental organizations (NGOs) should play a significant role in confronting corruption; especially in the fields of monitoring and overall auditing because corruption is no longer confined to certain fields, but it includes various fields and forms that constituted a dangerous phenomenon in the Saudi society ".
This statement was in response to King Abdullah Al Saud's instructions for accusing some government officials with the death of 122 people in Jeddah's floods which destroyed thousands of houses and death of three people in Riyadh floods which revealed the weakness of the city's infrastructure. These disasters raised questions over public funds that were allocated for sanitation and sewage system in both cities, and required more transparency in managing public funds in Saudi Arabia.

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