Corruption: ICPC seeks partnership with community, religious leaders in Enugu

(L-R) Country Director, Global Society for Antti-Corruption, Amb Mrs Amaka Nweke; deputy commissioner in ICPC, Barr. Enosa Omoghibo; ICPC National PRO, Mrs Azuka Oguguo; RACC for Enugu and Ebonyi States, Kennedy Ebhotemen and Chief Imam of Enugu State, Alhaji Saeed Zulqaenaini during a one-day interactive session with stakeholders on bringing about behaviourally change in the society using National Ethics and Integrity Policy(NEIP) in Enugu on Wednesday

The Independent Corrupt Practice and other Related Offences Commission(ICPC) has tasked engaged stakeholders in Enugu State, including community leaders, religious leaders and others to join with it to eradicate corrupt practices in the country.

To this end, the commission sought the collaboration of the traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups, media and other stakeholders in the state in the fight against corruption and unethical behaviors.

The chairman of the anti-graft commission, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, made the charge at a one-day Sensitisation Workshop For Stakeholders on bringing about Behavioral Change in Society using the (NEIP) in Enugu on Wednesday.

The ICPC boss, who was represented at the event by the Resident Anti-Corruption Commissioner , ICPC, Enugu and Ebonyi States, Kennedy Ebhotemen, noted that the community and religious leaders, CSOs and and other society leaders had a vital role to play in societal development and had great tasks in influencing values and ethics in the society

The commission chairman also charged the stakeholders to deepen their partnership with the agency in reducing corruption, promoting ethics, values and behaviour change, and building a better Nigeria for all.

According to him, the law and order approach to the fight against corruption alone was no longer enough to get rid of the menace from the society, hence the need for all to join the fight. 

Some of the participants at the event

“Therefore it requires active involvement and engagement of stakeholders for it to be robust and successful.

“Certainly, ordinary citizens are usually at the receiving ends of corruption and since government agencies cannot be everywhere, it follows reason that the people most affected must be engaged in the crusade”. Owasanoye said.

He noted that the Federal Executive Council had in August, 2020, approved the National Ethics and Intergrity Policy as a response to many damaging effects of corruption on both the public and private sectors with a view to help restore and revitalize them .

One of the participants and Country Director of Global Society for Anti-Corruption, Mrs Amaka Nweke commended the ICPC for organizing the workshop and described it as a step in the right direction.

“I want to commend ICPC for this novel initiative aimed at fighting corruption through behavioural change in our country. We must tackle the root causes of corruption. We must stop corruption by stopping to encouraging public officers from living ostentatious livestyles making outrageous demands from them. 

“These things encourage public officers to engage in corrupt practices. That is one of the things we mean.by behavioural change. Again, we must report every act of corruption if we are serious in fighting the scourge”, she said.

Nweke therefore urged people to embrace the right attitude, stating that corruption will be tackled when people behave well.

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