By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing through its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACTU) , said it will sensitize the staff of the ministry on dangers of corruption within the system.
The disclosure was made during a workshop held at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja yesterday,with the theme: “Corruption as an Impediment to Sustainable Development’’ .
The Director Human Resource Management, Mrs Morayo Alimi, who represented the Permanent Secretary Works & Housing, Alhaji Mohammed Bukar, who declared the workshop opened ,enjoined participants, including Directorate Cadre and officers to take advantage of the seminar and learn more about the negative effects of corruption in the public sector.
“we can never stop talking about anti-corruption judging by the posture of the present administration which has zero tolerance for corruption’’.
According to Bukar “we need to keep sensitizing people about it to help them internalize the concept and as such cause a shift to a service free of corruption’’.
A statement signed by the Principal Information Officer
For: Director (Information) Olatunji John, said that anti-corruption crusade runs across every cadre . The ministry is determined to discourage it at all levels.
Consequently,the Chairman of the Independent Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mr Justine Kuatsea, also thanked the Permanent Secretary and the management of the Ministry for making the occasion a reality by facilitating the sensitization workshop.
Kuatsea noted that ICPC is not relenting in sensitizing the public sector in adopting a systemic approach in tackling corruption in the country.
He further explained that in working with the Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing, ‘’we shall together roll back the blanket of corruption in the public service and indeed in Nigeria for sustainable development’’.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the Ministry, Barr. Sunday Inyang, noted that the purpose of organising the workshop is to basically share experiences, impart knowledge, broaden and deepen participants’ understanding of ACTU’s activities and programmes.
Barr. Inyang who pointed out that “it is interesting to know that the theme of this sensitization seminar, which is ‘’Corruption as an Impediment to Sustainable Development’’ is not only apt, but also timely considering the fact that Corruption continues to be the bane of most African countries, Nigeria in particular”
He urged the executive arm of Government to push for the implementation of key anti-corruption protocols and good governance principles in public and private institutions.
He also implored of the National Assembly, to expeditiously pass into law the two Executive Bills before them that are considered critical in making the fight against corruption effective, these are the Special Criminal Courts Bill and Whistle Blowers and Witness Protection Bill, meant to protect whistle blowers and witnesses from injury, death, economic sabotage, job termination, among others.