Ebonyi State governor, Chief David Umahi, yesterday, urged the federal government to grant amnesty to alleged looters following several unresolved cases of corrupt politicians by the anti-graft agencies in the country.
Governor Umahi made the appeal while declaring open anti-corruption, ethics and integrity training for Ebonyi State local government officials by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria, ACAN at the Akanu Ibiam International Conference Centre, Abakaliki.
Governor Umahi expressed regret that wrong approach to the fight against corruption had been the bane of underdevelopment in the country.
He commended the federal government on the fight against corruption and warned that the anti-graft agencies must purge themselves of all political manipulation for the fight to be effective.
He advocated for amnesty for those who have looted the treasury of the country to be able to recover the funds, adding that the approach of the anti-corruption agencies had sent so many corrupt persons into hiding their loot and in some cases to the loss of the funds to both the federal government and the looters.
He promised that Ebonyi State government would open anti-corruption office for the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) in the state to enable it have unhindered access to the day to day financial running of the state government, noting that the training was to enlighten all the local government officials on the ways to fight corruption.
Earlier in her address, the representative of the acting chairman of ICPC, Mrs Rose Okoduwa said the training was to bring the anti-corruption crusade closer to the grassroots using local government officials as vehicles of social reengineering.
Mrs. Okoduwa commended the anti-corruption stance of the state government under Governor Umahi and urged the local government officials to shun corruption and other related offences.
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