Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Ekweremadu honoured with title 'anti-corruption ambassador'

 Ike Ekweremadu taking the oat of new office

The deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, was today, April 19, honoured with a special title of “Anti-Corruption Ambassador” by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

According to The Punch, the deputy Senate president was given the honour based on his support for the fight against corruption. 

Suleiman Bakari, the National Assembly Liason Officer, of the EFCC, according to a statement by the special adviser to the deputy Senate president, Uche Anichukwu, stated this when he led a team of the anti-graft commission on a courtesy visit to Ekweremadu.

Bakari said: “As an Anti-Corruption Ambassador, It is therefore Your Excellency, to on behalf of my Acting chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Mustafa Magu and the entire management and staff of the EFCC, decorate you as an Anti-Corruption Ambassador and formally present this frame, as a token of our appreciation to your person and office, and as a symbol of institutional partnership between the EFCC and the National Assembly.” 

He appealed to the National Assembly to ensure adequate funding for the agency and advocated speedy passage of all the anti-corruption Bills before it. 

Ekweremadu called for the establishment of Special Anti-Corruption Courts to reduce the burden on regular courts and fast-track trial of corruption cases. 

He explained that setting up Special Courts, was one of the surest ways to help the fight against corruption, as it would ensure speedy adjudication of corruption cases. 

The deputy Senate president commended the EFCC for decorating him as an Anti-Corruption Ambassador, and assured them that he would live up to the trust reposed in him.

Meanwhile, Ekweremadu has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government of constantly provoking the Igbo speaking people of the southeast geo-political zone. 

Ekweremadu, representing Enugu West Constituency made this claim when he played host to the people of Ezeagu local government area of Enugu state who paid him a solidarity visit, on Sunday, April 17.

Source- Punch (Nigeria) 

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