The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, has inaugurated command heads of its anti-corruption unit as part of its resolve to promote transparency in its operations.
Dr Ahmed Audi, Commandant General, CG, of the corps said at the event in Abuja that the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit, ACTU, would monitor the conduct of personnel during the forthcoming general elections.
“They would enlighten both NSCDC personnel and civilians about the need for integrity, as well as anti-corruption stance of the corps for the elections.
“No meaningful reform for growth and sustainability is possible where corruption reigns.
“For this reason, we have worked hard to maintain the culture of probity, accountability and transparency in the corps,” Audi said.
According to the CG, from 2018 till date, ACTU had recovered over N120 million from various corruption related cases.
He therefore urged the new ACTU heads across all NSCDC formations to be the corps’ anti-corruption ambassadors.
“You must not leave any stone unturned in ensuring that NSCDC at your various commands is 100 per cent ethics and transparency compliant.
“Henceforth, you will be monitored not only by the corps but also by ICPC,” Mr Audi said.
In his speech, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related offences Commission, ICPC, charged NSCDC personnel to join the fight against corruption and ensure transparency of the 2023 general elections.
Mr Owasanoye, represented by Olayinka Aiyegbayo, also advised the new inductees to key into the anti-corruption strategies of the corps.
He reaffirmed that the relationship between the ICPC and NSCDC would continue to wax stronger, for the good of the nation.
The ICPC chairman congratulated the NSCDC for being ranked second best amongst the agencies of the Ministry of Interior in ethical conduct.
He said that the Ethics and Integrity Scorecard Assessment of MDAs was conducted by the ICPC.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that no fewer than 50 personnel were inducted after which a suggestion box was unveiled by the CG.
Awards were also presented to officers and men who had shown exemplary conduct in the discharge of their duties.