Anti-corruption: ICPC scores self high in 2022, sets target for 2023

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has scored itself high in its 2022 performance report just as it also set targets for 2023.

This was revealed during the Board and Management Retreat held in Edgedrive Hotels, Lokoja, Kogi State recently. The objective of the retreat was to review the achievements of the Board and Management in the previous year 2022, and cumulatively in the last 4 years, as well as set new goals for the coming year.

In a presentation titled “Tenure Appraisal: Performance Evaluation on the Strategic Action Plan 2019-2023”, by Mr. Jude Okoye, a Deputy-Director in the Planning Research and Statistics Department of the ICPC, the Commission scored 131.15% in its 2022 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and 188.22% in its set achievements in the last 4 years.

While speaking on the theme, “Assessing Progress of Milestones and Setting an Innovative Agenda” during his opening remarks, the Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN, OFR appreciated the Board Members and Management staff for their contributions to the achievements recorded by the Commission in 2022.

He categorized the achievements into physical and soft infrastructure saying the physical infrastructure include the opening of six new state offices, the commissioning of 4 prototype buildings at the state offices (including one in Lokoja, Kogi State), new detention facilities, gatehouse, creche, new polygraph centres, new control room and security monitoring centre, new auditorium, and landscaping of the environment at the Headquarters. etc.

The soft infrastructure achievements according to the ICPC Boss include capacity building for staff (locally and internationally) which created new skill sets for the Commission, improved media engagement, improved performance of new initiatives, medical screening for staff and national awards for the Chairman and some Directors.

Presenting the outlook for 2023, Prof. Owasanoye expressed the hope of improved administration and information management. He stated that the Commission will continue to upgrade physical and soft infrastructure while also listing some new initiatives that would be explored by the Commission.

On his part, the former Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) and the Nigerian country director, Development Alternatives Incorporated (DAI), Dr. Joe Abah, presented the findings and recommendations of the “Organizational Capacity Assessment of ICPC in 2022” conducted by DAI.

The Director of Performance Management Department, Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF), Mrs. Bosede Olaniyi, presented a paper on “The New Performance Management System (PMS)” where she gave an overview of the history of the PMS and its operations and how it is expected to work in the ICPC.