National Assembly has been urged to intensify efforts 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, Whistle Blowers and Witness Protection Bill meant to protect whistle blowers and witnesses from injury, death, economic sabotage, job termination, among others.
Chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit, ACTU, of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Barr. Sunday Inyang said this in Abuja yesterday at a sensitisation workshop held to enlighten its staff on the dangers of corruption within the system.
He also 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, noting that the purpose of organising the workshop was to basically share experiences, impart knowledge, broaden and deepen participants’ understanding of ACTU’s activities and programmes.
“It is interesting to note that the theme of this sensitisation seminar, which is ‘Corruption as an Impediment to Sustainable Development,’ was not only apt, but also timely, considering the fact that corruption continues to be the bane of most African countries, Nigeria in particular,” he said.
He enjoined agencies, the private sector, non-governmental organisations, the media and all Nigerians to join forces to fight the age-long menace hindering sustainable development goals and projects in the nation.
Earlier, the director, Human Resource Management, Mrs. Morayo Alimi declared the workshop open on behalf of the permanent secretary, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mohammed Bukar.
She urged participants, including directorate cadre and other officers to take advantage of the seminar and learn more about the negative effects of corruption in the public sector.
Alimi noted that “we can never stop talking about anti-corruption judging by the posture of the present administration which has zero tolerance for it.
“We need to keep sensitising people about it to help them internalise the concept and as such cause a shift to a service free of corruption,” she said.
Alimi added that anti-corruption crusade ran across every cadre and that the ministry was determined to discourage it at all levels.
Also, the representative of the chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC, assistant commissioner and head of Anti-corruption Unit of the commission, Mr. Justine Kuatsea noted that ICPC was not relenting in sensitising the public sector in adopting a systemic approach in tackling corruption in the country.
Kuatsea further stated that in working with the ministry, “we shall together roll back the blanket of corruption in the public service and indeed in Nigeria for sustainable development.”

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