By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Governor of Enugu state Ifenayi Ugwuanyi, said there is no doubt that the fight against corruption will be better when all actors and relevant stakeholders are equipped with essential knowledge and skills to understand the dynamics of corruption as well as the best tools and practices to be employed in preventing corruption.
Ugwuanyi while declaring the workshop opened stated that “ I believe this is what this workshop has set out to achieve and I am sure that it can help us strengthen the efforts we have been making in Enugu State to plug leakages and wastages in the management of public funds and also discourage corrupt practices among public officials”.
He said ‘’Due to their role in bringing government and governance closer to the people, we have been taking measures to ensure prudence, fairness, equity, accountability and transparency in the management and distribution of public resources by our Local Government Councils”.
“We believe this will not only helps to foster peace and enhance public trust but also helps to ensure the equal spread of development to all communities of Enugu state”.
The Governor urged the need to eradicate or at least reduce corruption to a very negligible level in our socio-economic life and corporate existence as nation cannot be overemphasized Consequently, the Provost of Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), the training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Professor Sola Akinrinade, said that the decision to allow the people to have a say in determining who administers the unit of government closet to them, is truly commendable.
Prof. Akinrinade pointed out that ‘’we must enjoin the state government to ensure that these officials are not just in office but also equipped with the requisite financial power to perform their obligation’’.
‘’If government at all levels would not be failing the people, it is time we began prioritizing those things that make meaning to the people at the grassroots’’.
They are counting on you to achieve this for them. If the lessons of this training programme are to be translated into actionable steps, it all depends on how you relate to what you would be learning in the academic.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Enugu state Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Frank Ugwu, maintained that training was very quality and detailed , we are living in a society were by corruption has much influence and this has translated in degrading the society.
“So we will not allow corruption to degrade society rather we degrade corruption that is the essences of this workshop’’.
Ugwu added that the workshop has exposed the members of the local government more on corruption.