Corruption, it is always corruption, because the consequences of corruption are far more destructive than terrorism and war. What we suffered from unbridled terrorism and catastrophic war over the past three years in Iraq has been the legitimate spawn of the corruption of previous governments.
Here is a new story of corruption, which is one of thousands; a pervasive form of corruption, in which the ruling (Islamic) parties that practiced, nurtured and protected it did not consider the sanctity of the father of imams, Ali bin Abi Talib. The corrupt persons in this story practiced their corruption and protected not far from the tomb of Al-Imam, who they claim to defend the doctrine of.
This story of corruption is in Najaf airport.
The story is narrated by a member of the Najaf province council, Zuhair al-Jubouri, who made a press statement in which he explained that the formation of the board of Najaf airport "was based on each party allocation of the groups inside the provincial council. This was a clear mistake because the airport is an executive department thus competent and professional people must be chosen to manage it, this is the clear corruption. Political parties impose full control over the Najaf airport, while revenue and investment projects are shared among them. "
Mr. Jubouri adds: "The Council of Ministers confirmed the existence of financial suspicions and corruption at the airport and ordered to form a committee to investigate this issue, but the recommendations of the Committee did not provide anything new," pointing out that "the huge mistake is that the members of the provincial council were playing the monitoring role and they were issuing orders, signing contracts and playing a clear executive role, this type of corruption does not need documents to prove."
Mr. Jubouri continues the story of the corruption of Najaf airport with figures: "The financial costs of the airport's renovation reveal significant financial violations, as the estimated cost of the airport runway in the official documents was estimated to be $35 million in 2014, but this project is to be completed in 2017 with double that amount with $72 million. Regarding the reception hall, the estimated cost for completion in 2014 by the airport administration is estimated between $35-45 million, but in 2017 it is doubled to be $109 million.”
This article is also available in Arabic.
Adnan Hussein is the executive editor-in-chief of Al-Mada newspaper and head of the National Union of Iraqi journalists. Previously, he has held the position of Managing Editor in Asharq al-Awsat newspaper. He tweets under the handle @adnanhussein.