NCoS declares zero tolerance to corruption
*Warns personnel against sharp practices
As Nigeria joins the world to mark this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day, Controller General of the Nigerian Correctional Service, (NCoS), Haliru Nababa, has said that the agency has resolved to support the anti-corruption war by declaring zero tolerance to any form of indiscipline and sharp practices among its personnel.
He made the declaration at a one-day lecture organized by the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit, (ACTU), a unit of the NCoS in partnership with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related matters Commission, (ICPC), to mark the 2022 international ant-corruption day themed ‘Recover With Integrity’, yesterday in Abuja.
He said corruption affects all countries around the world and that makes it a global in enemy and where it thrives, honesty and integrity are at their lowest as it undermines peace, growth, stability and the progress of any nation.
“In Nigeria, corruption is probably the greatest obstacle preventing the country from achieving its enormous potential as it affects all aspects of public life and continues to undermine social, economic, and political development.
“For us in the Nigerian Correctional Service, we have demonstrated a strong resolve to support the anti-corruption war by declaring zero tolerance for any form of indiscipline, and sharp practices among officers and men. We have set the pace as frontrunners by leading with character and force of personality,” the CG said.
According to him, the NCoS, has never hesitated in sanctioning any personnel found culpable of any established corrupt practice hence the recent rating as one of the most transparent government agencies by the ICPC emerging in 16th position out of 260 agencies rated by the ACTU.
While commending the NCoS for its effort at entrenching transparency and supporting the anti-corruption war, Chairman ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, pointed out that for corruption to be dealt with there must be effective interagency collaboration among all.
Represented by his commissioner of public enlightenment, Ukpong Inyang Essien, the chairman said “IN the fight against corruption, prevention is one of the most effective means of handling it rather than chasing and arresting corrupt individuals. We try to prevent corruption through our enlightenment campaigns hence, ACTU is our eyes and ears in all the Ministers, Departments and agencies, (MDAs), they are domicile.”
Presenting a paper on the seminars theme ‘Strengthening Peace, security and National development Through Ant-Corruption, guest speaker and Vice Chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, noted that corruption leads to underdevelopment, unemployment, poverty and desperation for survival which he described as the key ingredient for the high rate of crime, insecurity and unrest such as the recent #EndSARS protests.
In his presentation, Professor Adoyi Onoja of Nasarawa State University said that the laws of any country will only work well if the people are well provided for.
“We must look at an anti-corruption that is predicated on a quid pro quo because the fight against corruption has itself become a bastion of corruption,” he said.