The Governor of Cross River State, Prof Ben Ayade, on Monday handed over brand new Renault vans to the newly inaugurated state Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the governor, Christian Ita, the handover ceremony took place at the open grounds of the governor’s office in Calabar and was performed on behalf of the governor by his Chief of Staff, Hon. Martin Orim.
He said the provision of logistics to the commission was to enable it carry out its assignment effortlessly which is paramount to the governor, hence the handing over of the vehicles.
“We know that logistics is one of the factors that enables any organisation or government agency to achieve effective service delivery, that is why we are doing this.
“Apart from these vehicles, the governor has equally directed that the commission take off grant and office accommodation be immediately made available,” Orim said.
Receiving the vehicles on behalf of the commission, the chairman of the commission, Justice Effiom Ita (retd.), expressed gratitude to the governor for making their job easy and promised to deliver on their mandate.
“We are going to hit the ground running, there won’t be any excuses,” Justice Ita assured.
Governor Ayade last month inaugurated the commission and charged the members to help block leakages in government.
The governor had told the members, “There are so many places that we have leakages that we believe that your presence can help to block them.
“We would want to be a perfect example of how a Public Complaint and Anti-Corruption Commission could play its role.
“Therefore, there should be no political intrusions of any kind, no hatchets, nothing intended against anyone. We intend to give glory to the state and not shame the state.
“You should never, ever be used for any other purpose other than the purpose for which the commission was constituted. So have it in mind that you have been elevated through this commission to serve God before serving the state,” he said.
Members of the commission also include Barrister Akinde Emmanuel, Eferi Okoi, Comrade John Odey (representing the state government), Mrs Franca Inok, CSP Emmanuel Adam (representing the Nigerian police) and Faluyi Oluwale (representing the Department of State Services DSS).