Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that the state government is poised to evolve programmes and policies that will stop corrupt practices in public institutions.
Ikpeazu said this on Wednesday during the opening ceremony of a two-day special workshop on anti-corruption, organised by Abia government for selected public servants, in Umuahia.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the event was: “Governance & Corruption.”
The governor said that it had become pertinent for all hands to be on deck in tackling the menace of corruption in the society.
He called on public office holders in the state to join the state government in the fight against corruption both in the public and private sectors.
Ikpeazu said that public office holders should work with the government to achieve a society free of corruption by intensifying the fight against corruption in public institutions.
He said that the occasion would provide a forum for public servants to be exposed to global best practices in financial management, processes, procedures and rules guiding public finance and procurement.
“It is only through an interaction like this that the operators in the various sub-national governments and the watchdog in terms of fight against corruption, Chief among which is the EFCC, that we will begin to understand each other very well.
“This workshop if sustained would arrest the abuse of the instrumentation of EFCC and ICPC by individuals as well as deepen governments efforts to stamp out the menace of corruption in the society.
“Not until we embrace this kind of proactive approach shall we begin to see a gradual change in the perception all over the world about Nigeria.
“Then shall we also begin to have the full recognition on all efforts which government has made and is making in the fight against corruption”, Ikpeazu said.
In an address, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, the EFCC Executive Chairman, said that the fight against corruption should not be left for the Federal Government alone.
Bawa, who was represented by the commission’s Director of Operations, Mr Abdukareem Tukur, expressed the willingness of EFCC to assist the state government to improve transparency and accountability in governance.
He commended the state government for organising the workshop, which he described as significant in the drive to achieve good governance.
Earlier, Prof. Anthony Agbazuere, the Chief of Staff to Abia Governor, said that the workshop was aimed at inculcating global accounting standard and prudent management of resources in financial managers of Abia government’s resources.
Agbazuere said that the state government upholds the principles of transparency and accountability.
He added that the workshop would leave participants better informed.
Agbazuere commended the commission for engaging in sensitisation of Nigerians in eradicating corruption from the nation.(NAN)