ICPC Champions Draft National Ethics and Integrity Policy

As part of its effort to curb corruption in the country, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), in collaboration with other relevant government agencies like Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), National Orientation Agency (NOA), is championing a draft National Ethics and Integrity Policy.

Some of the objectives of the policy are among other things:
a. Enhancing transparency and accountability, in the public and private sectors;
b. Changing public mind-sets about corruption, its incidences and ways it can be controlled;
c. Restoring public trust and confidence in governance and influencing a change of attitude for the better among the citizenry;
d. Emphasising the role of personal responsibility in national development;
e. Improving the understanding of the public about corruption prevention mechanisms.

Other stakeholders like Civil Society Organisations, the Media, private organisations will on Thursday join the Commission and other government agencies mentioned earlier in a Virtual Stakeholder Consultative meeting via Zoom to contribute their organisations’ perspectives as input to the draft Policy.

Among the issues to be discussed during the virtual meeting by panelists are: Legal Basis For a National Ethics and Integrity Policy; Framework for a Citizen Driven Ethical Revolution; Core Values of a National Ethics and Integrity Policy; and the need for Public-Private Ethical Revolution.

Outcome of the meeting shall form part of the draft policy which the Commission is set to present to the Federal Executive Council for approval through OSGF.