The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has held a one-day retreat for the newly inaugurated Board members to enlighten them on the challenges and expectations of their new assignment.
Speaking at the retreat which held at the Commission’s boardroom, ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye SAN, said the retreat was a tradition of the Commission which other members also went through when they came in.
He explained that the retreat was aimed at re-orientating the minds of the board members on the tasks, challenges and expectations of their office, adding that the discussions were necessary and would be beneficial to them especially in carrying out their official responsibilities.
Delivering a paper titled “ICPC Mandate – The Role of the Chairman and Board Members,” the Chairman, National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, highlighted some of the reasons Boards are set up in organisations to include setting out road maps and ensuring that the right personnel are hired to achieve the road maps, providing resources to achieve goals; constantly monitoring implementation performance and timelines and making adjustments where necessary to ensure that cooperate standard are met; justifying stakeholders confidence amongst others.
Mr. Nta, who is the immediate past chairman of ICPC, stated that the essence of bringing the Chairman and Board members from different organisations and backgrounds was for them to bring their varied wealth of experiences to bear in achieving the mandate of the Commission.
He urged board members to strive to uphold the integrity and trust reposed on them by the President by serving the nation with the highest sense of responsibility and integrity, “You are here is to sell and affirm your integrity,’’ he said.
He finally reminded the board members that they were not in the Commission to represent only their geo-political zones or constituencies but the interest of the entire country by bringing working closely with the chairman and staff of ICPC to stamp out corruption in Nigeria.
The retreat featured presentations on the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, ICPC Structure, Mandate and Performance Scorecard.