The Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), the training arm of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) is holding a 5-day “Anti-Corruption Leadership Academy” training for participants drawn from various agencies of government.
The Leadership Academy training which is taking place at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja is a high-level companion programme to the Senior Executive Course in Organizational Integrity Management which the academy held a couple of weeks previously.
In his welcome address during the opening ceremony, ACAN Provost, Professor Sola Akinrinade, said that the Anti-Corruption Leadership Academy was aimed at building a core of leaders that would drive the anti-corruption agenda in the public and private sectors of the country.
He added that the training was designed to build the capacity of participants to provide leadership in tackling corruption in their organizations while developing their competencies for building their personnel and organizations into anti-corruption agents.
Professor Akinrinade also stated that participant would be provided with knowledge of key issues in corruption and anti-corruption including prevention strategies.
According to him, “While seeking to build the capacity of participants to provide leadership in managing integrity systems in their organizations, we try to provide participants with knowledge of key issues in corruption and anti-corruption including prevention strategies.”
“Our fervent expectation is that as leaders in your organizations, you will upon return to your respective workplaces, will initiate the process of institutionalizing workable integrity management systems that will transcend individuals and regimes,” the Provost added.
The participants are also expected to be provided with necessary skills and knowledge for building institutional integrity systems and enhance their capacity to enthrone integrity, accountability and transparency in their workplaces while safeguarding their organizations against corruption and internal fraud.
One of the participants and Registrar, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Mr. Mkpandiok Ante Mkpandiok, has expressed satisfaction with the training, saying that he is gaining a lot from the workshop and will return home a better-informed person.
The facilitators for the programme are drawn from among the ranks of anti-corruption practitioners, past and present leaders of anti-corruption agencies and other experts with experience in developing and managing integrity systems.