Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Justice Emmanuel Ayoola has identified corruption as the greatest challenge to governance and national development.
Ayoola said this in Owerri while delivering a key note address at an anti-corruption workshop for elected and appointed local government officials in Abia State in collaboration with ALGON.
The ICPC boss who was represented by the commission’s Head of Education Mrs.R. A Okoduwa urged appointed and elected local government officials to fight corruption.
He said good governance could only thrive in a system where officials exhibit discipline, probity and accountability.
While describing the local government as a very important tier of government and the closest to the ordinary citizen, he pointed out that a public official would be doing the state a disservice if he conduct betrays the creation of local government system.
According to him, the workshop will provide a platform for the participants to have an insight into fiscal discipline, probity, accountability and good governance.
The Head, ICPC Imo office, Barr. Ifeanyi Nwaigwe in his welcome address, expressed dissatisfaction with the way corruption had grown into the fabric of the nation’s socio-economic and political starter.
He said corruption had dehumanized Nigerians and battered the image of the country, both within and outside the country.
Nwaigwe noted that with the advent of the creation of ICPC by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, efforts were being made to combat corruption for Nigerians to reap the dividends of democracy.
Source: Daily Trust