The Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr Ekpo Nta, has warned corrupt citizens that it will no more be business as usual as his agency will start prosecuting them.
Nta, who spoke at an anti-corruption summit in Asaba on Wednesday with the theme, ‘Transparency and Accountability: Institutionalisation of Good Governance for Sustainable Development’ said: “Be ready to face the consequences of your actions if you are to be corrupt; be ready to pay the price as the law will take its course.”
He stated that preventive measures are the best ways to stop corruption.
In his address, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said the anti-corruption war of the federal government will be more effective if it is free from all social, religious and political persuasions.
Gov Okowa, who observed that corruption is one of the most recurring discourses in our national life, said that this is because virtually every Nigerian agrees that it undermines the fabric of every aspect of the society.
“Over the years, it has constituted a serious threat to good governance, rule of law, peace and security, including development programmes aimed at tackling poverty and economic backwardness”, the governor observed.
“The fight against corruption is not an easy task but it can be won through advocacy such as this one that aims at drastic reduction and where possible, total elimination of the practices in every facet of our national life.
“Today, our anti-corruption agencies, namely, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Code of Conduct Tribunal, are in the forefront of the fight against corruption”, the governor said.