The Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido has lauded the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for educating and mobilizing Nigerian public servants against corruption.
Abdullahi Adamu gave the commendation recently in Abuja at a one-day sensitization programme for staff of AMAC on corruption prevention organized by Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of AMAC in conjunction with ICPC.
While declaring the event open, Mr. Adamu noted that corruption was not only taking money illegally but also included lateness to work, closing before the stipulated time, hiding files and neglect of work schedules.
He urged the participants to be committed towards the cause of nation- building instead of materialism, and used the opportunity to promise his organisation’s readiness to partner with the Commission in the fight against corruption.
In his remarks, the Acting Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Bako Abdullahi, who was represented by the Assistant Commissioner, Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Department (CMED), Mr. Justin Kuatsea, said prevention of corruption was mandatory for ICPC, and as such, the Commission had intervened in numerous areas in the public sector to check corruption through System Study and Review.
He urged all public servants to work hard to redeem the image of the Service that had been smeared by corruption so that “the country will begin to realize its true potential”.
In addition to representing the Ag. Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Kuatsea presented a paper titled “Corruption Prevention in the Work Place”. He described Corruption in the workplace as a situation where workers abuse their offices for personal gain, and engage in acts of bribery, fraud and related offences.
He said that corruption affects the socio-economic development of the nation as it increases unemployment, results in insecurity and a poor national image.
The workshop ended with an interactive session where the participants asked questions, and answers were provided.