NEPC Inaugurates Anti – Corruption And Transparency Unit
The Executive Director/CEO of Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, Dr Ezra Yakusak has promised zero tolerance to corrupt practices towards repositioning the Council for better performance.
Dr. Yakusak made the promise in Abuja during the inauguration of the NEPC newly constituted Anti – Corruption and Transparency Unit, ACTU.
According to him, corruption poses a serious development challenge in the society and threatens
sustainable administrative and economic development by infringing or undermining formal processes thereby destabilizing public confidence in Government affairs.
He stated that meaningful progress and development can therefore not be achieved if concerted efforts are not taken to curb the scourge of corruption in the public service.
“It is in light of this that I call on the reconstituted Chairman and members of the NEPC -ACTU to put all hands on deck and conduct a corruption risk assessment by identifying vulnerable areas that are prone to corruption, proffer appropriate recommendation and also develop integrity plans that would strengthen accountability and transparency towards enhanced service delivery in the Council” Dr. Yakusak explained
The Executive Director therefore assured the Chairman of the NEPC ACTU and his team of his support towards
executing the onerous task.
He added that NEPC was committed to being strategic partners with the ICPC in the fight against corruption and therefore called on the Commission to develop ways of engaging the NEPC-ACTU through continuous training and retraining.
In a remark, the Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye commended NEPC for its commitment in the fight against corruption through the setting up of ACTU.
The Chairman who was represented by a Director in ICPC, Mr Abia Udofia advised other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs to be transparent in the conduct of Government business to ensure accountability in the system.
In his acceptance speech, the Chairman of NEPC ACTU, Mr Ganiyu Hamid said members of the Unit would not betray the confidence reposed in them.
Mr Hamid therefore solicited the support of members of staff of NEPC to enable the Unit succeed in its mandate.