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As a result of the rising spates of insecurity in Anambra State, the Anambra State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo has put out a new law that completely bars public officials serving under his government from making donations in public functions.
Governor Soludo made the declaration during the 2nd Session of the 5th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Amichi.
The Synod which has the theme; ‘Strangers and Pilgrims in the World: Our Christian Status’, was presided over by Rt. Revd. Ephraim Ikeakor.
Speaking at St Peter’s Church, Governor Soludo explained that the directive to public officials is part of his administration’s proactive effort to fight corruption, adding that it is also for the sake of probity and transparency in line with stipulated codes of conduct.
“It is part of our administration’s policy to try to tackle corruption among government officials,” Soludo said.
Speaking about insecurity, Governor said everyone should join hands to address the issues of security and the environment.
He drew the attention of the church to the unfortunate threat of idolatry which is gradually holding its seat across the region, noting that the body of Christ, being one, should synergize and tackle the common threat.
“We must fight such development because if the church as an institution is muscled out by promoters of idolatry, nobody will be safe anymore,” he told the church.
Anambra’s Gov. Chukwuma Soludo on Sunday apologised over technical hitches that characterised Saturday’s online recruitment test for applicants into the state’s civil service.
He said, however, that it was uncharitable for anyone to refer to the online test as “Soludo 419’’ as was being tagged in some quarters.
In a statement issued by Mr Christian Aburime, his Chief Press Secretary, Gov. Soludo promised to investigate the “unfortunate’’ incident and assured that candidates with genuine complaints would be given another opportunity.
“We ask candidates and others affected by the development to remain calm while the government sorts out outstanding issues and takes the necessary actions.
“The governor is a product of sincere and transparent background in all his academic and career undertakings.
“He will not engage in any attempt at short-changing the good people of Anambra and indeed anybody, for that matter; he pledges fairness to all at all times,’’ he stated.
Majority of the 31,800 applicants expected to write the computer-based test on Saturday complained that they could not log unto the site.