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query_builder January 17, 2020 16:01:15


By Chisom Okpala :

Awka, Jan. 17, 2020 (MOI) No fewer than 100 persons have been drafted into the Anambra State Anti-Corruption committee.

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 Council.

The Anti-Corruption 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 country.

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 seriously.

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.

He, cautioned participants, who were mainly civil servants to desist from channeling government IGR into the wrong pockets as well as stop unnecessary padding of budgets.

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 strategy.

``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 their duties.

``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)