By Faith Igbudu
The Executive Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Comrade Joseph Utse, has assured the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) that the board will operate in partnership and cooperation with the agency to checkmate corrupt practices among staff.
Utse, made the promise Tuesday when he played host to members of the ICPC in his office at the board headquarters, Makurdi.
The executive chairman noted that he takes sides with the Governor of the state, Samuel Ortom, who has at numerous times warned public officeholders against corrupt practices. He said that the warning has served as a watchdog for him in the discharge his duties.
He commended the commissioner for the initiative to educate staff of the board, saying that most of the things people take for granted in public offices are the reasons they face anti- corruption agencies. He decried the high rate of ignorance among government employees.
Earlier, the ICPC Resident Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, Menge Andrew Tiku, while expressing gratitude for a warm reception, called for collaboration and synergy so as to help fight the menace of corruption.
He stated that as a new commissioner deployed to the state, he will be up on his toes to ensure adequate knowledge about corrupt practices in public offices, proposing that a day be set for the agency to come and give an enlightenment lecture to staff of the board.
In his remark, SUBEB Permanent Member 1, Mr Mike Kusah appreciated the cordial relationship SUBEB has with the corruption agency, saying the board runs an open door policy and will not tolerate any act of corruption.