Rivers State

FOI: ACoNet Demands Rivers Accountant General, Aditor General 2018 Reports; Seeks Collaboration With EFCC, ICPC

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The Rivers State Anti-Corruption Network (ACoNET) has in line with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act of 2001, written to the Accountant General and Auditor General of Rivers State to demand for their respective reports for 2018.

The above-mentioned documents bear information on material aspects and details of the execution of the 2018 budget of the Rivers State Government.

The Rivers State Anti-corruption Network (ACoNET) is a network of Civil Society Organisations working in the thematic area of Anti-corruption with a bias for abandoned projects.

“We are a non-profit, non-political and public interest organization working to promote good governance in Rivers State,” the group said.

In the two separate letters to the two top government accountants in the state, ACoNET said the requested information would provide them better clarity and insight into the activities of their offices in its mandate of providing audit and ensure value for money.

“It will further strengthen us as a Civil Society Organizations working with communities to provide citizens oversight of public expenditure,” ACoNET added.

ACoNET has however followed up with a visit on Monday, July 8, to office of the Zonal Coordinator of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

According to the group, the visit is to enable them to forge collaboration with the federal Anti-corruption agencies to improve on the fight against corruption in the state and country.

ACoNET also sort to understand the challenges the EFCC face and details of their efforts to vacate the perpetual injunction placed upon them by the Court during the administration of Governor Peter Odili and their future priorities.

The anti-corruption group intends to follow up with a similar meeting to the office of the Zonal Coordinator of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) on Wednesday, July 17.