The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has called on the staff of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan to shun corruption and other practices that were inimical to the health profession.
The call was made by the Commissioner, ICPC Oyo State Office, Mr. Stephen Pimor, at the inauguration and induction of new members of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of UCH in Ibadan.
According to him, “Corruption is one of the biggest challenges confronting humanity which requires a collective effort to eradicate,” saying that health connotes life and therefore corruption cannot be allowed to thrive in the health sector.
Mr. Pimor who expressed appreciation to the management of the hospital for providing an enabling environment for ACTU in UCH, noted that the induction and sensitization was in line with one aspect of the three-pronged mandate of the Commission.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, UCH Chief Medical Director (CMD) Professor Temitope Oluwagbenga Alonge, who was represented by the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee, Dr. Clement Okolo, lauded the Commission for establishing ACTUs in Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), saying the initiative would serve as an internal check mechanism.
The CMD therefore called on the newly inaugurated ACTU members to always live above board and be change agents in the hospital.
Professor Alonge further enjoined all the staff to be transparent and accountable in their day to day activities and eschew all forms of corrupt practices.
Some of the out-gone ACTU members who spoke at the event expressed delight at the training and capacity building they received from ICPC during their tenure, stating that they have benefitted immensely from the gesture.
The new members who were sworn in had Dr. Adebusoye Lawrence as chairman, Mrs. Adesokan Oluwatoyin as secretary and Mr. Joshua Awe, Barrister Ekanem Idara and Mrs. Makinde Adeniyi as members.