ICPC sets up anti-curruption unit in all MDAs

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission (ICPC) has set up Anti-corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) in all federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

Barrister Sonny Inyang, Head of ACTU in Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, revealed this in a one-day Sensitisation Seminar on Anticorruption Policy was organized for the staff of the Ministry.

Barrister Inyang said emphasis on corruption was the bane of every country in the world and that was why the United Nations Anti-Corruption Committee made it mandatory for all member nations to establish a body that would regulate the conduct and management of economic affairs of the countries, in line with best practices.

He noted that ICPC set up ACTU as one of the implementation mechanisms for its mandate on prohibition and prevention of corruption especially in the public service.

He further highlighted the functions of ACTU to include educating and enlightening public servants on and against corruption; promoting ethics and ensuring compliance with ethical codes; as well as monitoring of budgets implementation.

Barrister Inyang said the one day seminar was to see how the ministry could forge ahead to initiate a colloquium within the contest of best practices and at the same time proffer solutions.

In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Ernest Umakhihe, represented by the Director Human Resource, Abdullahi Umar Utono, said that the public servant who holds power, authority and trust for the people, must lead the vanguard of the crusade against corruption.

He stated that the Ministry of Works and Housing is committed to implementing the Anticorruption provision to the letter, reason why the Ministry’s ACTU was given all the necessary support to perform it’s functions, one of which is the Sensitisation Seminar.

With the theme “Whistle Blower Policy, Ethics and Compliance” the Seminar was intended to sensitise the staff of the Ministry on the provision of the Anti-corruption policy, as part of the functions of the ACTU to educate and enlighten the public servants on and against corruption.

Highlights at the Sensitization seminar were papers delivered on; Strategic Corruption Control And Institutional Integrity by Dr. Jaiyeola Akindipe; Ethics And Compliance Score-Card In MDAs by Barr, Obialor Ifeanyi and Whistle Blower Policy by Mr. Justin Kuatsea.

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