Ethics and Integrity as Veritable Tools in the Fight against Corruption

The Lagos State office of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has charged staff of civilian personnel unit of the Ministry of Defence, Lagos, on the need to imbibe the culture of ethics and integrity as it will add better value to the organization.

Mrs. Florence Bariboloka, an Assistant Commissioner ICPC Lagos office, gave this charge while presenting a paper titled ‘’The Imperative of Behavior Change Approach to workplace Anti-Corruption Campaign’’ at a programme organized by the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the Ministry.

She stated that integrity and ethics in the workplace bring organizational growth and efficiency, and thus admonished the staff to always imbibe strong ethical principles even in their homes as it will help in promoting ethical values and principles.

The Assistant Commissioner spoke about various strategies and approaches that can be deployed to promote ethics and integrity especially those that ICPC is involved in such as Constituency and Executives Projects Tracking Initiative, the deployment of the Ethics and Integrity Compliance Scorecard on MDAs, the National Ethics and Integrity Policy (NEIP), ethics training by the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), public service Integrity Awards, amongst others, and advised them not to accept office corruption as a norm but instead be persons of integrity, honesty and truthfulness.

Earlier in her opening remarks, Mrs. Grace Friday, a member of Ministry of Defence ACTU, stated that the sensitization came as a result of the need to constantly enlighten its staff on the negative effects of corruption as well as to guide staff in its day-to-day ethical conduct within and outside the office environment.

She encouraged staff to be firm in the fight against corruption as it is the only way to overcome the menace.