IN a bid to enhance good governance and curb corruption, the Anambra State government is set to support the Rule of Law and Anti-corruption, ROLAC, project in the state.
The project, a follow up to successful security and Justice Interventions in Nigeria, is supported by the European Union’s National Indicative Programme, NIP.
Addressing a team from EU ROLAC, Emeka Ohuoha, the permanent secretary of Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget, commended the team for their efforts so far in establishing the 23 Million Euro project in Anambra.
He emphasised two major laws strengthening the fight against corruption key thematic areas in the entire 19 ministries in the state and across 23 ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs.
“These are access to justice for women, children and persons with disabilities.’’
Ohuoha pointed out the need for the team to help to strengthen the already established laws in the state included “the physical Responsibility Law, the Procurement and Civil Society Law.’’
He also confirmed the move to establish “Corrupt Desk’’ in the state to help to buttress the corruption rate assessment that was conducted in Education, Water and Health sectors in the state.
The permanent secretary explained that this had the intention to spread the assessment across other sectors of the state.
Earlier, Emmanuel Uche, the anti-corruption programme manager, EU ROLAC, said that the project, expected to last for four years – an objective spread across the components include implementation of Nigeria criminal justice reform agenda; access to justice for women, children and persons with disabilities.
Others are strengthening the fight against corruption in key thematic areas – enhancement of citizens’ civil and public engagement in criminal justice sector reforms and the fight against corruption.
Uche advised the state to choose according to their priority, the laws they wish to be strengthened.
Josephine Omah, the Anambra State project coordinator, EU ROLAC, commended the state government for their lead in budget and civil society.
She applauded government over their preparedness in engaging in the project as most of the infrastructure needs had been provided as well as creating an enabling environment for them to operate.
Azi Boniface Uchenna, the director Partnership Co-ordinator Department, noted that anti-corruption work was most relevant in the state to reduce the vulnerability of public servants in engaging in corruption.
He said that the ministry carried out the coordinating, planning, and monitoring activities of the state, and file in their report to government.
– Nov 7, 2017 @ 14:23 GMT |