ASJEV, PSSDC proffer solutions to unethical behaviour in institutions
The Advocacy for Social Justice and Ethical Values (ASJEVI) Initiative, in conjunction with Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre (PSSDC), has stressed the need to adopt sound ethical values in private and public sectors. This, it said, is to address fraudulent practices, which are negatively affecting the ease of doing business in the country.
Stakeholders, who spoke at the symposium to commemorate World Ethics Day 2021, with the theme, “Establishing Clear Ethical Guidelines for Public and Private Sector Institutions in Nigeria,” said Nigerian institutions were under-performing due to unethical behaviour in the public and private sectors.
Founder/Co-ordinator of ASJEV, Mrs. Jokotola Ojosipe-Ogundimu, said due to inefficiency of institutions and agencies, most of the laws that promote ethical values had become almost irrelevant.
She said that the purpose of the symposium was to strengthen both the public and private sector institutions by creating awareness and encouraging the empowerment of ethics in their actions, especially in the professional and private lives of individuals.
Ojosipe-Ogundimu added that the titled of the symposium ‘Establishing Clear Ethical Guidelines for Public and Private Sector Institutions in Nigeria’ is quite relevant to us in Nigeria today, when we consider the level of fraudulent practices and unethical behaviours that are negatively affecting our peaceful coexistence and the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
She added that promoting and amplifying the message of ethics, particularly in the public and private institutions, is a driver to business growth and sustainable development.
“In recognition of the strategic role of the PSSDC in training and development of officers in the Lagos State Public Service, it was considered appropriate for ASJEV Initiative to collaborate with this highly esteemed organisation to strengthen the public institutions by creating the awareness on the need to imbibe ethical values in performing their roles effectively, to achieve sustainable development and growth within the State.
The guest speaker, Professor of Sociology, University of Lagos, Prof. Onipede Wusu, while delivering his paper said institutions in Nigeria are under performing due to poor enforcement of ethics and no ethical guidelines.
“ Honesty, Integrity, transparency and accountability are key ethics values in any public or private institutions and it must be practiced to achieve desired goals in the institutions.
He added that for any institution to achieve its goals there must be a functional ethics infrastructure.
“To acquire a strong sound ethical climate in an institution, it requires strong ethical infrastructure that will be managed through functional ethics. The ethical climate in a society dictates the kind of society and the kind of people living in the society.”
He noted that most of the ethic infrastructures in the country are inefficient and impotent due to weak implementation.
“If you want to create an ethical climate there is a need to enact a code of conduct and when it is established, it has to be enforced and that will discourage unethical behaviour.
“Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) should shoulder the responsibility of implementation of sound ethics. The CCB should be able to assume the responsibility of leading implementation of sound ethics in Nigeria society by promoting it in both public and private institutions.”
Wusu suggested that Nigeria should establish clear ethical guidelines for public and private institutions and the code of ethics should be streamline, short and sharp.
“Nigeria should revive its ethics, update the ethical code of conduct and empower the ethical infrastructure,” he said.