The Anambra State Government in collaboration with the European Union Rule of Law and Anti Corruption (EU ROLAC) has inaugurated members of the Anti Corruption Committee with members drawn from different Ministries in the State Civil Service.
Inaugurating the 84 members at the Office of the Head of Service (HOS), the HOS, Barr. Theodora Okwy Igwegbe urged the Committee members to live up to expectations as the fight against corruption must be won.
She reminded the members that each of them as strategically chosen was to ensure that corrupt practices were totally eradicated from the Civil Service.
The Civil Service boss who is also the Chairman of the Steering Committee of Anti Corruption Committee noted that it behoves on members to ensure that corruption is sniffed out and reported so that necessary punitive measures could be taken against the perpetrators.
She, then, assured EU ROLAC that the programme would be sustained in the state knowing that the state government has zero tolerance for corrupt practices.
Speaking during the inauguration, the State Coordinator of EU ROLAC, Mrs. Josephine Onah outlined the roles of the group which included working towards the eradication of indiscipline and corrupt practices within the service.
Onah noted that with a drastic reduction in corruption, our state would become a first choice investment destination and a one stop shop for investors.
She admonished them to eschew any form of compromise and encouraged them to always follow organisational framework, reporting issues first to the ANSACS Secretariat which would review and then move the case on to the Steering Committee for commensurate disciplinary action.
Mrs. Onah also noted that periodic checks by the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee were made up of State Actors and Civil Society Organizations.
Earlier in their remarks, the Head of ANSACS Secretariat, Barr. Tessy Obuekwe and a member of the ANSAC Secretariat, Barr. Lilian Oguji described corruption as not doing things the right way; they enlightened the Committee Members on their roles.
They, then, charged members of the Anti-Corruption Committee to eschew any form of corrupt practices as they take the lead in the fight against corruption in the State Civil Service.
Also present at the inauguration were the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice and the Solicitor General of Anambra State, Barr. Ngozi Iwuno, Heads of Departments and Heads of Units from various Ministries and Agencies