The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has urged public servants in Nigeria to imbibe the culture of high ethical standards in public service in order to shun corruption.
The Acting Chairman of the Commission, Honourable Bako Abdullahi who was represented by Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Justin Kuatsea of Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Department (CMED) made the call during the inauguration and induction of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of Community Health Practitioners Registration Board recently.
Hon. Abdullahi said ICPC has a tripartite mandate which includes enforcement, prevention, education and public enlightenment as enshrined in the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000, and as such ACTU is expected to carry out all the functions of the Commission except prosecution.
He said that the Commission in collaboration with the office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation established ACTUs as a way of giving the needed impetus to the fight against corruption in the Public Service.
He called on the management of the agency to support the unit for better output and also advised members of the unit to be dedicated in the discharge of their duties.
Earlier, the Acting Registrar of the board, Mr. Muhammad Adebayo, expressed his gratitude over the activities of ICPC and assured that the management was ready to support the unit in its effort to curb corruption in the organisation.
In his remarks, the ACTU Chairman, Mr. Sunday Bankole, said that the unit under his leadership, would ensure compliance with due process and other extant regulations guiding the operation of the board.
Mr. Bankole commended the management for finding him and other members of the unit worthy to serve and promised to discharge their duties effectively with their support.