The Anambra State Government has announced the establishment of Anti-Corruption Desks in all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
This is in concert with the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to stamp out corruption in the country.
The Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mr Mark Okoye announced this in Awka during a capacity building workshop for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and MDAs on Open Government Partnership.
Mr Okoye said that the essence of the workshop was to bring the parties involved in the “Open Government Partnership” (OGP) in the state up the speed with the processes and implementation of the initiative.
The commissioner was represented by his Permanent Secretary, Mr Emeka Ohuoha.
Okoye explained that “OGP is a multilateral initiative aimed at securing strong commitments toward promoting transparency and accountability, fighting corruption, as well as harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance”.
He said that Anambra was chosen as one of the four pilot states for the programme because of the strict adherence of Gov. Willie Obiano’s administration to good governance.
The commissioner noted that government through the assistance of some donor agencies had created the anti-corruption desks in ministries such as Water Resources to ensure transparency and accountability in their projects execution.
Mr Okoye noted that through citizens’ engagement in policy making and budget formulation the government had sustained its projects in all the communities across the state.
On her part, the Anambra State Focal Person for the Open Government Partnership, Mrs Ogoo Chukwunwendu said the initiative would create opportunity for the citizens to actively participate in governance.
In a remark, the National Coordinator Open Government Partnership, Mrs Juliet Ibekaku-Nwangwu, who was represented by Dr Haruna Abdullahi stressed the need for all stakeholders in the OGP to show greater commitment and desire to improve the level of service delivery in the state