By Aminu Gambo
The Chairman Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC Professor Bolaji Owosanoye wants Nigerians to uphold core values of ethics and integrity to wipe out corruption in the society.
Professor Bolaji Owaanyo was speaking in Bauchi at the opening of a one day sensitization dialogue with traditional and religious leaders as well as Civil Society Organizations on the National Ethics Constituency and Executive Tracking Initiative for Positive Behavioral Change.
The ICPC Chairman represented by the Commission’s North East Personnel Mr Loius Mandama said if ethics and integrity co-values are imbibed corruption would be reduced in the society for the development of the country.
He explained that in September 2020 President Muhmamadu Buhari has launched the National Ethics and Integrity with the aim to actualize his change agenda.
“The first critical stakeholder are the ICPC and its collaborating partners met with in the course of promoting the policy and canvassing their buy -in to enable a nation wide success in its promotion”
Earlier, the ICPC Resident Anti Corruption Commissioner Bauchi state office Alhaji Baba Gali Rogo said the sensitization dialogue will enable stakeholders to discuss critical government policies that would assist in curbing the menace of corruption.
“It is in its continuous recognition of the pivotal role value reorientation plays and the fight against corruption that ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency and the Ministry for Local Government And chieftaincy Affairs organized this dialogue to further sensitize you on the activities of ICPC through various initiatives aimed at ensuring a corruption free society”
On his part Bauchi state Director National Orientation Agency NOA Alhaji Nuru Yusuf Kobi urged the stakeholders to take ownership of the policy for effective implementation at the grassroot levels .
In their separate remarks, the state Chairman Traditional Rulers Council of Chiefs Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu represented by Galadiman Bauchi Saidu Ibrahim Jahun and the Chairman Christian Council Reverend Ray Maina decried high level of corruption in the country and needed to be tackled.
In a remark Governor Bala Muhammad represented by Commissioner Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Abdulrazak Nuhu Zaki commended the stakeholders for championing the course of societal reorientation in the fight against corruption and urged them to sustain the tempo.
The dialogue which was a collaboration between the ICPC and the National Orientation Agency drew participants from traditional and religious institutions, CSOs, the academia and NGOs among others.