HoS inaugurates unit to curb corruption in civil service

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HoSF inaugurates unit to curb corruption in civil service
August 28, 2022199

In a bid to strengthen transparency and accountability in the execution of government policies and functions, the head of service of the federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, has inaugurated a repositioned Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit across Ministries, Department, and Agencies (MDAs).

She called on the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Units to demonstrate strong commitment to the fight against corruption in the public service.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Common Service Office, in the office of the head of civil service of the federation OHCSF, Yusuf Idris, Dr. Yemi-Esan said the fight against corruption remains top priority of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

She stressed the need for deliberate efforts to strengthen anti-corruption reforms in the various Ministries, extra-Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

While recognising the strategic role of ACTUs in the MDAs, Dr. Yemi-Esan maintained that it was borne out of government’s desire to change the narrative and make concerted efforts in identifying and closing existing gaps in the Anti-Corruption Initiative.

In a remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties OHCSF, Mr. Faruk Yusuf Yabo, recalled that following the return of democracy in 1999 and the consistent effort at promoting transparency and accountability in the conduct of government businesses, the Federal Government, through the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) directed the establishment of ACTUs in al MDAs to provide the institutional framework required to combat corruption at the ministerial level.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said the establishment of ACTUs in MDAs is underpinned by the fundamental belief that the Public Service, being the channel through which government policies and programmes are implemented, must live up to expectations by discharging their duties efficiently and effectively.

Mr. Owasanoye represented by Dr Louis Mandama said ACTU was set up as an in-house check mechanism to assist the management of MDAs in corruption prevention and entrenchment of ethical principles within their organisations.

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