by crossriverwatch admin
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has commended Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State for enthroning fiscal discipline in the management of the state’s resources.
The Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta, who made the commendation while on a courtesy call on Imoke on Thursday in Calabar, said Cross River has put in place a system that ensures prudent management of the state’s funds.
According to Nta, Imoke has shown that a governor does not need to have all the resources in the world to perform.
He said Cross River under Imoke is noted for fiscal discipline.
While commending the state for not joining the bandwagon of states declaring free education, he said the Commission is impressed with the quality of education in the state.
He presented a banner captioned “Corruption Denied His Education, Act Now Against Corruption” to Governor Imoke.
Nta remarked that it was high time governments across the country understood the importance of education as a way of fighting corruption.
He recommended that Cross River shares her education blueprint with other states of the federation.
Responding, Governor Liyel Imoke noted that Mr. Ekpo Nta has turned around the fortunes of ICPC as its chairman based on his educational background and work ethics despite its challenges.
According to Imoke, the new focus of the Commission is in line with the policy thrust of the state.
Imoke explained that the state introduced Due Process as a way of checking corruption and has ensured that the award of contracts is transparent.
He said strict adherence to financial discipline has ensured that there are no abandoned projects in the state.
Imoke disclosed that the state has the political will to ensure things are done well rather than resort to sharp practices and called for some level of understanding and cohesion amongst the different arms of government to ensure best practices are upheld.
On education, the governor averred that its value will be lost if qualitative education is made free as its beneficiaries would not show any commitment on their part.
Imoke solicited the partnership of ICPC in strengthening and boosting the quality and capacity of administration at the local government level.
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