The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, has praised the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), for its commitment to the fight against corruption.
He made the remark recently through the Head of Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Department (CMED) of the Commission, Mr. Akeem Lawal, at a 3-day zonal sensitization programme organized by ICPC for staff of the Enugu zone of the agency.
Mr. Nta particularly noted the effort of the agency in the fight against the importation of counterfeit drugs. He charged the staff to remain focused and dedicated to their duties in order for the agency to fulfill its mandate, which he said would reduce corruption in our society.
At the event, a number of papers were presented by some staff of the Commission.
Mr. Lawal in a paper titled “Ethics and Compliance in the Workplace” called on the participants to carry out their duties with a sense of responsibility in view of the fact that they hold office in trust for the public. He also urged them to make integrity, transparency and loyalty their guiding principles.
In another paper, “Conduct of System Study and Review in Organisation”, Mr. Barnabas B. Gaji, a senior officer of the Commission enjoined the NAFDAC staff to employ System Study as an instrument of change to bring about improvement in policies and the system in their organisation.
Mr. Ebenezer A. Shogunle of Prosecution Department who also spoke on the topic:“ICPC Act, Mandate and Fighting Corruption in Nigeria” told participants to see themselves as stakeholders and join in the fight against corruption. He maintained that with the citizens’ full support for the anti-corruption agencies, the war against corruption could be won.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, who was represented by the Director of Special Duties, Dr. Abubakar Jimoh, pledged the management’s commitment to continue its support to the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTU) of the agency.
Jimoh further called on participants to apply the knowledge acquired during the programme in the discharge of their duties.