Maintain High Ethical Standards to Mitigate Corruption and Improve Service Delivery in NIS – ICPC Sokoto Commissioner Advises

Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner, Sokoto State Office of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Mr. Garba Tukur Idris has highlighted the positive outcomes of maintaining high ethical standards that  enhance public trust and improve service delivery in Nigeria Immigration Service.

Mr. Idris, who highlighted this at a sensitisation session on Mitigating Corruption and Improving Service Delivery recently organised by the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS); stated that “Corruption must be stopped, as it undermines efficiency, reduces public trust and hampers the overall effectiveness of the immigration services.

While making his remarks at the event, the Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Sokoto State Command, Mr. Yusuf Musa Bage, stressed the importance of such initiatives in fostering a culture of transparency and accountability within the Service.

Mr. Bage further stated that the detrimental impact of corruption on national security and public trust, required participants’ active engagement in the sessions, emphasing that the lessons learned would help in their daily operations.

The ACTU NIS resource person, Mrs. Jamila Laura Dafiel, in her presentation, provided real-life examples and case studies to illustrate the pervasive nature of corruption and its far-reaching consequences.

Also, a resource person from the ICPC Sokoto Office, Principal Superintendent Abdullahi Abubakar, in his presentation, outlined practical strategies and best practices for fostering an ethical work environment, emphasising the role of leadership in setting the tone for ethical behavior.

Mr. Abubakar emphasised the importance of adherence to rules and regulations, stating that “The integrity of the immigration service depends on the collective effort of all its staff members. The crucial role each officer plays in upholding the principles of transparency, accountability and service excellence counts.”

A total of 53 participants attended the program, reflecting a strong commitment from the NIS staff to engage in the critical discussion about corruption and service delivery.