By Ogochukwu Nwaokafor
The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, has called for partnership with the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Anambra State Council, in order to achieve greater heights in tackling the menace of corruption and other related offences.
The Anambra Resident Commissioner of the Agency, Mr Godwin Oche, made the demand during the Union’s Congress held at Godwin Ezeemo International Press Centre, Awka, on Thursday, 4th May, 2023.
Speaking during the congress, Mr Oche, represented by the Public Enlightenment and Education Officer, Mr Inalegwu Shaibu, asked the media to cooperate with them in the fight against corruption and reduce the possible occurrence of bribery and fraudulent activities in the nation.
While acknowledging the media as the fourth estate of the realm, he noted that ICPC was an agency known for fighting public sector corruption and other related offences, including investigating and persecuting corrupt offenders. He added that the agency had been in Anambra since June, 2022 and that they only worked on petitions received, without interfering if not invited.
He therefore urged state and non-state actors, especially the media, to join hands in reducing corruption in Nigeria to the barest minimum and birth an ideal country.
The Vice Chairman of the Council, Mrs Ngozi Obileri, in her remarks, assured the agency of the union’s support and collaboration.
Mrs Obileri, in her vote of thanks, appreciated the ICPC for honouring the media and also requested that they endeavour to be at their service whenever they were called upon.