As part of efforts to continue to raise awareness and identify existing gaps in the Anti-Corruption initiatives that have been put in place by the present Administration, the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation has sensitised its Officers on the need to promote transparency, discipline and accountability in the Service.
The Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office, (SDO), Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Engr. Farouk Yusuf Yabo, stated this while declaring open, on behalf of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR, a one-day in-house Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) Sensitization Programme for Directorate Cadre Officers GL. 15-17 in the OHCSF.
Engr. Farouk explained that the Federal Civil Service has for long been challenged and constrained toward the efficient and effective discharge of its duties by a myriad of problems associated with corruption, adding that it is imperative on us to make deliberate efforts to address the menace of corruption that has continued to portray Nigeria in a bad light.
The Permanent Secretary reiterated that the Federal Government, through the OHCSF had considered and approved the request of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the establishment of ACTU in all Ministries, extra-Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
He further emphasized the strategic roles of ACTUs in MDAs and the need for commitment and diligent pursuit of efforts that seek to promote openness and discourage all forms of corrupt tendencies, amongst Civil Servants.
Earlier in his address, the Officer Overseeing the office of the Director, Service Delivery in the OHCSF, Mr Abdulkarim Guam stated that the present administration is consistently striving to ensure the establishment of institutional frame works that will drive the Administration’s mantra for change and transparency in the Public Service, as the surest way to reducing corruption.
He explained that one of such measures is to constantly remind Public Servants to shun corruption in all its ramifications and have a change of attitude, as well as take pride in rendering service to the nation.
In his presentation, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanye, represented by Head, Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation System Study and Review Department, Mr Olayinka Aiyegbayo, disclosed that the mandate of ACTU is to review, on periodic basis, the systems, procedures and operations of public institutions, in order to ascertain institutional vulnerabilities that engender corruption.
In his Vote of Thanks, the ACTU Chairman in the OHCSF, Mr Chukwuka Anthony, urged Civil Servants to be agents of change in the discharge of their duties, as well as be good ambassadors of the Service.
M. A. Ahmed,
Deputy Director, Communications.
October 24, 2022.
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