Abuja - Akwa State Governor, Udom Emmanuel,
has advised the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences
Commission (ICPC), to uphold professionalism in the discharge of its duties.
He said this would sustain the already-built confidence
of Nigerians in the commission.
The governor stated this during a courtesy visit by
members of the Commission at Government House, Uyo.
He noted the commission, which is an anti-graft agency,
had commanded the respect of Nigerians following its operations and
understanding of the workings of a democratic setting.
"Given the integrity of members of the Commission
selected purely on merit, it is impossible to believe that the Commission can
be compromised or reduced to a tool for political witch-hunting," Emmanuel
He urged the commission to prosecute "on conviction
rather than on directives."
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The governor maintained that the operations of the State
is anchored on transparency and accountability which is key to the
industrialization blueprint of his administration.
He said that Akwa Ibom people were noted for their
integrity and openness in all their dealings.
This earned them public trust and confidence all over the
Leader of the delegation and Secretary South South Zone
of the ICPC, Elvis Oglafa said the visit was to intimate the governor on some
anti-corruption programmes held in the region.
Oglafa called on the people to keep a watchful eye on
leaders they entrusted to public offices.
He commended the leadership of the state for
sustaining superior performance in terms of infrastructure and capacity
- CAJ News