ICPC/ACAN trains Agricultural Experts on Accountability and Transparency

In line with the preventive mandate of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, the training and research arm of the Commission, the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN) has concluded a training workshop for stakeholders in the Agricultural sector aimed at riding the sector of corruption.

The workshop which held at the Commission’s Headquarters was titled: “Transparency and Accountability: a Veritable Tool for an Effective and Corruption-Free Agricultural Sector”.

Speaking at the event, ICPC Chairman, Mr. Ekpo Nta told participants that one of the success stories of the series of workshops the Commission held, is creating more awareness on anti-corruption laws for the participants, thus reducing incidences of infractions on their part.

The ICPC boss who defined corruption as an ‘opportunistic crime’, urged the participants to go back and ensure that they block all loopholes in their systems in order to reduce corruption in their MDAs.

The Provost of ACAN, Prof. Sola Akinrinade, in his welcomes address explained the objective of the workshop, stressing that capacity building was one of the critical interventions of ICPC to move the country forward and bring about sustainable development.

Delivering his paper titled “Integrity in Agricultural Infrastructural Support Provision” Dr. Tunde Aworanti of ACAN enlightened participants on some agricultural infrastructures which he said include the provision of some basic services, facilities, equipment and institutions. These, he said, ranged from seed, fertilizers, farm equipment to research and financial services.

On ethical values needed, Dr. Aworanti urged participants to always adhere to correct procedures and processes of procurement, management and maintenance of infrastructures to ensure that they are devoid of corruption.