Abia State Governor Dr Okezie Ikpeazu called on state finance and accounting officials to join the government in the fight against corruption in the public and private sectors.
Speaking at a special two-day anti-corruption workshop organized by the state government for all Umuahia finance and accounting officials, on the theme: “Governance and corruption”, Ikpeazu said all hands should be mobilized to fight corruption.
He said the workshop would strengthen his government’s anti-corruption efforts and provide a forum for accountants to be exposed to global best practices in financial management, processes, procedures and relevant laws guiding finances. public and public procurement.
Ikpeazu noted that the forum, among others, would bring financial administrators to see themselves as partners in efforts to eradicate corruption in public institutions.
“It is only through such interaction that the operators of the various local authorities and the watchdog in the fight against corruption, foremost among them the Commission for Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) that we will begin to understand each other very well, ”he said.
In a keynote address, EFCC President Abdulrasheed Bawa said the fight against corruption should not be left to the federal government alone.
The boss of the EFCC, who was represented by the Commission’s Director of Operations, Abdukareem Chukkol, expressed the Commission’s willingness to help state governments improve transparency and accountability in governance.
He congratulated Governor Ikpeazu for organizing the workshop, which he described as the key to good governance.
Earlier in his speech, workshop moderator and governor’s chief of staff Prof.Anthony Agbazuere revealed that the workshop aimed to instill in state financial managers the global accounting standard and prudent management of financial assets. resources.
While maintaining the state of Abia believes in transparency and accountability, he expressed optimism that the workshop would leave participants better informed.
The chief of staff congratulated the EFCC president for believing in sensitizing Nigerians to eradicate corruption in the political system.
The workshop, which was attended by members of the State Executive Council, permanent secretaries, presidents of local governments, senior staff from government finance and supply departments also saw many resource people. give lectures on corruption and propose a solution to the threat.
In a statement at the end of the workshop, participants noted that corruption undermines government business, economic activities, the well-being of the population and constitutes serious obstacles to social and economic development.
Participants urged everyone to embrace a paradigm shift from the mantra “my story must change” to “change begins with me”.