The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning, Mr Ernest Umakhihe has stressed on the need for synergy between the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Ministry in the present administration’s fight against corruption in the government.
Umakhihe made this assertion at the inauguration of the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) of the Ministry. The inauguration is in accordance with section 6(b)-(d) of the corrupt practices and other related offences Act, 2000 (ICPC ACT, 2000).
He urged the inaugurated officers to live up to expectations, stating that their guide should be based on section 7 (I) and section 70 of the ICPC Act, 2000 which spelt out the mandate on which ACTU was established.
Umakhihe further commended the ICPC for establishing the ACTU in the ministry; he expressed his conviction that the forum would provide everybody the opportunity to share Information that would assist Government in the fight against corruption.
The Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, who was represented by Chief Superintendent, Obialor Ifeanyi, stated that the reason behind the ACTU initiative is to compliment the authority of the management in running the affairs of the Ministry, especially in the area of instilling discipline and order where need be.
He stressed the significance of the event which is derived mainly from the fact that a relevant Ministry is involved.
He explained the duties of ACTU as follows:
“· Undertaking system study and review of corruption prone processes and procedures
· Educating and enlightening staff on and against corruption
· Undertaking preliminary investigation where petitions are received and develop a code of Ethics for compliance by staff amongst others.”
He therefore solicited for the full support of management and staff for the success of the Unit especially in the area of providing adequate funding for its operations.