ANAMBRA STAKEHOLDERS LAUD GOVERNMENT ON INTEGRITY PLANS INITIATIVE
By Angela Nwanodu :
Awka, Nov. 28, 2019 (MOI) Stakeholders from education, health and water resources sectors, Rule of law and Anti-corruption (ROLAC) as well as civil societies organisations in Anambra have praised Anambra State Government for integrity plan initiative.
The Integrity plans for the three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)-related sectors of education, health and water were presented at the Integral Development Konsult (IDK) Learning Centre, Awka.
Each of the plans represents strategic documents with policies and measures to be taken to ensure that corruption loopholes are mitigated and core mandates of the sectors are carried out with integrity as watchword.
Declaring the presentation open, Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mr Mark Okoye called for integrity and accountability in the performance of government functions within the sectors.
``The mere mention of integrity brings to mind the need to discharge one's duties with every sense of dignity and fairness,’’ he said.
Mr Okoye noted that the objective of the plan was not to indict any individual but represent mechanisms to mitigate corruption while identifying possible risks within the three sectors.
The commissioner was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Leo Imoka.
The United Nations Development Programme focal person for the State, Mrs Nneka Onwudiwe said that the journey toward the presentation of the plans started in 2014.
Mrs Onwudiwe, who is also Senior Special Assistant to Governor on Donor Agencies, said corruption risk assessment were carried out on the three sectors and the anti corruption desk officers trained to implement the results of the assessment.
``The results of the assessment have been validated and presented in 2016 after, which the Integrity plans are also drafted and validated by a committee with members drawn from the sectors,’’ she said.
She attested to Gov. Willie Obiano's efforts at strengthening institutions for fights against corruption as evident in his recent mandate on commissioners to nominate officers within their ministries that would form part of the anti corruption committees in the state.
In her presentation, a Consultant, Mrs Chinwe Nweke said the journey toward the development of the plan was not easy one as many officers doubted the possibility of achieving it
She, however, added that the presentation was proof that change though, difficult would not be impossible to achieve.
``Integrity is what you do when no one is watching,’’ she said.
State Project Officer for ROLAC noted that the presentation was in line with their mandate and called for synergy among all relevant actors to ensure achievement of the common goal of corruption free Anambra.
Representative of the civil society organisations, Mr Mike Opia, pledged their support toward partnering with government to achieve its developmental strides.
was carried out by Anambra State Government in collaboration with the UNDP.