Oyo sets up anti-corruption agency
By Tasie Theodore
As part of its resolve to tackle the scourge of corruption, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has set up an anti-corruption agency to address the challenge.
Tagged the Oyo Anti Corruption Agency, OYACA, the Chairman of the board is Justice Eni Esan, a retired judge and former President of Oyo State Customary Court of Appeal while the secretary of the board is Mr Ibrahim Oyemonla Tijani, the Director, Ministry of Justice.
Other members are Prince Oyebade Oyedepo, Barr. Temitope Ayorinde, Dns. Esther Olapade, Mr A.S Ashaolu, CSP Erindero Lawrence and Mr Ibrahim Oyemonla.
According to the governor, the task before the commission is all too clear:
with this inauguration of the Oyo State Anti- Corruption Agency (OYACA), we are sending out a clear message, here in Oyo State, we have zero-tolerance for corruption. Any person elected, employed or engaged in any capacity in the public or civil service in Oyo State, who accepts or promises to accept money, fees, donations, loans, gifts, or any other reward for rendering a service to members of the public will be investigated and made to face the full wrath of the law.’
Nigeria already has two omnibus anti-corruption agencies, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC. But they largely operate at the Federal level. OYACA will collaborate with the federal agencies, where the need arises, Makinde said.
Seyi Makinde, Oyo State Governor