Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, says his administration is committed to the fight against economic and financial crimes in governance so as to secure a better country for Nigerians. Also in his speech, Chairman of the occasion and former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, regretted that corruption “is making it impossible for us to do anything as a country,” adding, “we can only get it right as a country when we stand up against corruption”.
Governor Amaechi said this today at the Public Presentation of the book, “Compendium of Nigerian Laws on Corruption, Economic and Financial Crimes”, authored by Mr. Chuma Chinye, the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, in Port Harcourt.
Represented by his deputy, Engr. Tele Ikuru, Governor Amaechi, who is also Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), urged Nigerians to change their attitude towards matters relating to corruption as it impedes meaningful development in the country.
“Let us change our thoughts, change our activities, change the way we do things it is so necessary to build a better country,” he said, pointing out that the author has clearly “shown the caliber and type of people in the Rivers State Government, and quality of people the Rivers State Government has chosen to work with. This shows the quality of people working for us.
Also speaking, the State Atorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Worgu Boms, praised the author’s dexterity, who also used the ceremony to celebrate his 50th birthday, pointing out that the book would be of great help to legal practitioners and researchers.
Speaking, the Special Guest of honour and President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr. Okey Wali (SAN), said there is need for the Judiciary to update its literature pertaining to economic and financial laws to modern happenings, regretting that Judges still rely on obsolete literature in delivering judgments.
Earlier, the author of the book and celebrant, Mr. Chuma Chinye, said his desire to help eradicate corruption which he described as a plague that has kept Nigeria ill for over 50 years inspired him to write the book.