Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engr. A.G Magaji, has said that strict adherence to Civil Service rules is the key to fighting corruption in the ministry. He made this known during a one-day sensitisation programme with the theme “Importance of Whistle Blowing in Public Service and the Protection Mechanism” by the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit, ACTU, of the ministry in Abuja.
The press release issued to Nigerian Pilot yesterday by Senior Information Officer of the Ministry, SIO (Press), Daniel Annah I. noted the Perm. Sec. also said the present administration is committed to the fight against corruption at all levels as such; all civil servants are therefore encouraged to key into this noble initiative of the Federal Government.
He added that the effect of corruption is devastating, “it is largely responsible for the high level of poverty, under-development, illiteracy and socio-economic challenges in the society. For the sake of the present and the future generations, all efforts must be made to make our country corrupt free,” he said.
Magaji further enumerated that for Nigeria to be a good place to live, it is a collective responsibility to take reasonable measure that will discourage corrupt practices. This includes, discharging official duties strictly in accordance with the provisions of the public service rules and relevant regulations.
Another measure, he noted, is the “Whistle Blowing” by reporting suspected corrupt practices to higher authorities, such as, certificate racketeering, misappropriation of funds, abuse of due process, favouritism, theft, embezzlement, extortion among others.
In a paper presentation by the Acting Head, Enlightenment and Reorientation Unit of EFCC, Mrs. Felicia Bot-Timothy, she enumerated the importance and challenges of whistle blowing, that it is a risky and a difficult task, but it is a major factor in fighting corruption. She further highlighted some of the mechanisms that cover the whistle blowers from harassments or threats to life of such individuals.
In a remark, the Director, Corruption Monitoring Department of the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, Mr. Akeem Lawal, mentioned that by 2015 the Anti-Corruption and Monitoring Unit, ACTU, has been established in 126 Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs.
He later appealed to civil servants to do the right things in the system which is the essence of good governance, asking that everybody should participate in fighting corruption.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Chairman of ACTU of the Ministry of Works and Housing Sector, Mr. Alex Paman, welcomed all and assured the members of staff that whistle blowing is one of the sure ways to fight corruption and the protection mechanism if put in place will cover whistle blowers from every harassment and threats.


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