The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the management of State House, Abuja, the seat of the Nigerian government, on Thursday, inaugurated the state house Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).
The state house permanent secretary, Tijani Umar, who spoke at the inauguration ceremony, urged members of the new unit to show integrity in the course of their official assignment.
He said the state house will not hesitate to make an example of anyone who betrays the trust and confidence put in them.
“We expect that the ACTU State House team that is being inaugurated today will not betray our trust and confidence. Otherwise, we shall be compelled to make an example of you in the event of any erring behaviour. I think that’s where we start from today.
“On our part, the management will lead by example. We are making this commitment today and hold ourselves to high standards of behaviour, so that ACTU doesn’t have to worry itself about looking at the side of management.”
Umar congratulated the members of the ACTU, saying they were specifically appointed based on their integrity and overall effort in their service delivery.
The Permanent Secretary said that he expected them to “assist the institution to conform by way of continuous advocacy, reporting and where necessary, enforcement and sanction”.
“The subject of good governance is a straightforward one and it’s all about playing the game by the rules. For me, that’s the bottom line. Government activities are governed by rules and at entry point, every one of us around this table was given basic training,” he added.
“That includes understanding the public service rules, as well as the financial regulations, and every one of us ought to, and is expected to apply the rules and be guided by them in all our transactions.”
ICPC’s Chairman, who was represented at the ceremony by Abbia Udofia, ICPC director of system studies said the establishment of ACTUs in ministries, departments and agencies, was initiated by the commission in collaboration with the office of the head of civil service of the federation (OHCSF) in 2001 as part of measures to monitor, identify and address lapses in the operational systems of government establishments.
“The inauguration of the state house ACTU is a further testament and commitment of the state house management to being at the forefront of driving the broader anti-corruption initiatives of the federal government,” he stated.
The seven newly inaugurated members of the unit include: Gaji Muhammed Usman, Hadiza Haruna-Tanko, Ubi Sunday, Ayoola Olurin, Omezi Onyema, Hadiza Musa and Usman Mohammed.