…pledges collaboration with ICAN
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, said on Friday that the state has concluded all arrangements to inaugurate the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency.
The governor, who stated this while playing host to the 56th President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and other executive members of the body at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan, said that the anti-graft body will be unveiled next week.
He also maintained that probity, accountability and transparency will continue to remain the hallmark of his administration.
The governor told the ICAN team, led by its 56th President, Dame Onome Joy Adewuyi, that the state will continue to collaborate with ICAN to ensure accountability and transparency in the state’s financial dealings.
He said that the state would launch the anti-corruption agency to ensure accountability across Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government.
The governor maintained that Oyo State has been collaborating with ICAN for years, saying that the government needs to be transparent in order to be able to engender good governance.
He promised that the present administration in the state will continue to leverage the relationship with ICAN towards entrenching fiscal discipline and transparency in the management of public funds.
He said: “We have been collaborating with ICAN and it is a professional body that we are proud of. When the past president was talking about the accountability index, we were not surprised about the position of Oyo State in 2017, 2018, and before we came in, but government is a continuum. And what we have done is to, basically, look at what we met and we have tried to chart a path for the state.”
The governor said that his administration would continue to support the civil servants by affording them regular training both internally and externally.
While speaking earlier, the ICAN President said the visit was to appreciate Governor Makinde for the support that the Ibadan District Society of ICAN has been enjoying since he assumed office as governor.
She appreciated the governor for employing chartered accountants in the service of the state and also appointing them into political offices, stating that the Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinola Ojo, FCA and the Accountant-General of the state, Alhaji Garfa Bello, FCA, among others, are respected products of ICAN.