Combating Corruption: Abia state partners ICPC to curb menace

As corruption eats deep into the treasury of states leaving them with little or nothing to pay salaries, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state has adopted a different approach, which prevents corruption instead of fighting the act that he considers expensive.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop aimed at training all the local government administrators of Abia state at Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, headquarters in Abuja on Monday, Mr. Sam Hart, Special Assistant to Ikpeazu on Public Relations and Communication who represented the governor said the government of the sate would rather prevent corruption instead of engaging in the fight.

“There is no fun in waiting for people to break the law then you arrest them. It is not being effective,” he said.

“The effective method is to proactively prevent them from committing that crime. You don’t wait for them to finish committing and then you arrest them. It is not effectiveness.

“Effectiveness is making sure the have all the tools, all the knowledge, all information to not commit that crime.”

The chairman of ICPC, Ekpo Nta told newsmen that the workshop is targeted at arming all Abia local government chairmen and administrators with tools to keep the away from corruption and enable them deliver the dividends of democracy to their citizens.

“What we’re doing today is to empower all the local government chairmen and those in charge of administration and finance by providing them anti-corruption tools that will guide them away from corruption prone processes.

“At the end of the exercise will be able to deliver good governance to their citizens and also avoid the usual hash of corrupt practices that would lead to arrest and prosecution.”

Ikpeazu is partnering the ICPC to prevent corruption in Abia state.


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