The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) recently established an Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) at Bayero University, Kano to fight corruption within the institution.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the representative of the Commission, Assistant Chief Superintendent Fatima Musa Rabiu, explained that ICPC was established to carry out a three-pronged mandate which comprises enforcement of sanctions against corrupt persons, prevention of corruption through systems study and review, and mobilization of the public to join the fight against corruption.
She pointed out that the mandate of the Commission is enshrined in Section 6 (a-f) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.
Speaking further, she explained that the ACTU, which is one of the corruption prevention strategies of the Commission, is expected to carry out all the functions of the Commission – investigation, prevention and public education and enlightenment, except for prosecution, which is the sole responsibility of ICPC.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Sagir Adamu Abbas, commended ICPC for its effort towards the actualization of its preventive mandate in institutions, stating that for the purpose of transparency and accountability, he runs a participatory system of administration.
Professor Sagir assured of the management’s readiness to support the unit in its effort to curb corruption and other related offences in their system.
In his remarks, the newly inaugurated ACTU Chairman, Numan M. Habib stated that the unit under his leadership will perform dedicatedly and observe extant rules of the ACTU in the institution.
He commended the management for finding him and other members worthy of appointment to the unit, and called on the management to accord the ACTU all necessary support to enable them discharge their duties effectively.