By Thompson Yamput, Lokoja.
The Independent Corrupt Practice and Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has called on state governors to join its efforts at fighting corruption.
The ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, made the call on Friday during the inauguration of the ultra-modern prototype office of ICPC in Lokoja.
He said that the fight against corruption was enormous and challenging and it required the cooperation and support of all the 36 states including Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“This is because ICPC will not relent in its efforts to fight corruption to the barest minimum.
“Therefore, the support and cooperation of all the state governors to our struggle will go a long way in defeating corruption.
“It will interest you to know that in spite of the daunting challenges, we are making progress in the fight against corruption, because a lot of progress has been made,” he said.
Owasanoye said that the commission planned to have offices in the 36 states of the federation, including Abuja, to ensure that the staff of the commission could operate in an environment that was stimulate better performance.
He expressed gratitude to the Kogi State Government for approving the land in which the new edifice was built.
Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi said that his administration would continue to partner with the commission, so as to enable it to achieve its mandate in the fight against corruption.
Represented by the State Secretary to the Government, Dr Folashade Arike, the governor expressed gratitude to the ICPC chairman for putting up such a befitting edifice in Kogi.
“It is unfortunate that corruption weakens civil service delivery and economic development of any state or nation.
“This is why my administration has set up transparency and accountability unit in the state Ministry of Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, to check and scrutinise all government expenditure,” Bello said.
Also, Sen. Lekan Balogun, who represented the Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-corruption, Sen. Abdul Suleiman-Kwari, lauded the state government for the support given to ICPC in the state.