Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has sworn-in a new commissioner recently cleared by the state House of Assembly, 35-year-old Richard Uyi Edebiri from the Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of Mr. Edebiri in Benin City on Wednesday, 21th August 2019, Obaseki warned that he would deal with members of his cabinet and civil servants caught in any act of corruption, saying they will be made to face the wrath of the law.
The governor, who expressed worry at the rate of antigraft reports reaching his table, said he was setting up a team that would make sure that corruption cases in whatever form in Edo State were seriously death with. Obaseki said:
“The reports of corruption reaching my office are becoming worrisome. I have instructed the Secretary to the State Government to set up an anti-corruption team within the next week and also open public complaint boxes and encourage members of the public to send information about any official with corrupt tendencies or involved in corrupt act to the government.
“This government is going to take the issue of corruption seriously and we are partnering with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).
“We are setting up a special team at both state and local government levels and the team will have the responsibility to ensure that corruption cases involving public servants; either members of EXCO, civil servants or local government employees will be taken seriously,” Obaseki said.