The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has reiterated its readiness to continue to support the activities of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to deepen transparency in its systems.
The ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN) gave the assurance during the courtesy visit by the management team of NIMC led by its Director General, Engr. Aliyu Aziz Abubakar to the ICPC headquarters in Abuja.
He said, the Commission’s assistance to NIMC in setting up ACTU was one of its duties, which is to study and review systems and give directives when necessary, in order to block loopholes.
The Chairman further stated that ICPC’s mode of operation was not to ambush organizations but to work with them to achieve international best practices.
Prof. Bolaji revealed that the Commission had received complaints of fraudulent activities and extortion of citizens in the process of enrolment for the national identity number and other activities that it was looking into. He however, urged NIMC to ensure continuous effective systems and supervisory checks to counter actions that stand at variance with their corporate ethical standards.
“We have received cases of retail corruption in NIMC and we have shared some of the correspondences of such cases with you. There should be constant monitoring and unscheduled visit to the centres to strengthen the system”, he advised.
He made it known that while requesting the continuous support and backing of the Commission in achieving success within the NIMC, ICPC and other law enforcement agencies will also need the support of NIMC in tackling corruption in the nation.
‘If NIMC gets its act right, it makes law enforcement work easier, it has a positive impact on ghost workers, employment scam, we have chunks of investigation that we are investigating all these years and the route to unpacking these troubles is identity management’’ he concluded.
The Director General of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Engr Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, in his remarks, commended the Commission for its invaluable support towards setting up a chapter of the Anti-Corruption & Transparency Unit (ACTU) and the deployment of a Desk Officer to guide the operations of the Commission.
The DG noted that their visit was to seek the continuous support and collaboration of ICPC in ensuring zero tolerance to extortion, corruption, and other forms of corruption.
He noted that ICPC’s support has resulted in NIMC’s significant strides in educating and creating the much-needed awareness for staff compliance to set rules and behavioral adjustments to good conduct in carrying out their duties.
In his words, “I wish to express my sincere gratitude for all the support ICPC has given to NIMC, from the setting up of a chapter of the Anti-Corruption & Transparency Unit to the deployment of a Desk officer to guide the operations as well as the training of our team for the assignment. Since the establishment of ACTU- NIMC Chapter in September 2020, the Commission has made significant strides in educating and creating the much-needed awareness for staff compliance to set rules for good conduct”.