By Chisom Okpala :
Awka, Jan. 17, 2020
(MOI) No fewer than 100 persons have been drafted into the Anambra State
They are being
trained as key players in the fight against corruption.
In line with the
initiative, a two-day, ongoing capacity building workshop was being organised
by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) in conjunction with the British
programme, which was being fully funded by the European Union (EU) was designed
to strengthen the application of law and curb corruption in the state and
Declaring open the
workshop, Anambra State Head of Service, Mr Harry Udu, a lawyer, stressed the
importance of the programme and urged participants to take the workshop
The HOS, who
condemned the negative effects of corruption, pointed out its dangers if
allowed to thrive in the state.
``We should be
drivers of the Anti-Corruption campaigns by shunning corruption and minimising
it to the barest minimum,’’ Mr Udu said.
participants, who were mainly civil servants to desist from channeling
government IGR into the wrong pockets as well as stop unnecessary padding of
He, then, thanked
Gov. Willie Obiano and RoLAC team for organising the workshop for the
betterment of the state.
In her remark, the
State Project Coordinator RoLAC, Mrs Josephine Onah thanked the state
government for the support.
``Anambra is among
the five focal states of the Anti-Corruption strategy and very peculiar to the
programme,’’ Onah said.
She also thanked HOS
for his active participation, describing him as a relevant partner to the
success of the programme in the state.
According to Mrs
Onah, the workshop is a continuation of the support that the British Council
has given to the state in developing and implementing the Anti-Corruption
``The programme is
a content-specific intervention and members of the committee should be seen as
critical partners in the campaign against corruption,’’ Mrs Onah said.
She explained that
the initiative was part of Federal Government’s agenda for eliminating
corruption, also reforming the rule of law in the country.
One of the
participants, Mrs Benedicta Onuigbo thanked the Government and RoLAC for the
opportunity to represent the state in the fight against corruption.
She beckoned on
other members of the committee to be carriers of the message to their various
offices and agencies to help check corruption in the day-to-day discharge of
``If we begin to
make positive impacts expected of us in our various offices and in the society,
I believe Anambra will be a better place,’’ Mrs Onuigbo noted.
``It is worthy to
note that members of the Anti-Corruption Committee were selected from
Ministries, Departments and Agencies across the state and officially inaugurated
by the State Head of Service.’’ (MOI)