The “Change Begins with Me” campaign recently launched by the Federal Government received a boost at National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) as it began a two-day sensitization workshop to prevent corrupt and sharp practices in the Agency.
The workshop which was declared opened on the 21st September 2016, was aimed at increasing the capacity of NITDA management staff on trust, ethics and integrity in the workplace by acting as apostles of morality and integrity to their subordinates.
Declaring the workshop open in Abuja, the NITDA Acting Director General, Dr. Vincent Olatunji said the Agency followed the directive of Independent Corrupt Practices (and Other Related Offenses) Commission (ICPC) to establish Anti-Corruption and Transparent Unit (ACTU) in NITDA to prevent corrupt practices.
He assured that NITDA as an ICT Agency would look inward for ICT tools that could be used to help prevent or better still eliminate corrupt practices in the country. The Ag. DG said “Charity begins at home” and as an IT Agency, any tool we deploy in curbing corruption will be handed down to Government because ICT is an effective tool that could be used in the fight against corruption.
Speaking earlier before the arrival of the Ag. DG, the Acting Head of Human Resource and Administration, Mr. Ayodeji Eniola said the Agency has been supporting the government’s effort in curbing corruption in the public sector and part of the efforts of the agency is to periodic train its staff on anti-corruption.
The representative of ICPC Chairman, Mr. Lawal Akeem said there is a need for governments urgent intervention to curb corruption as it is relates more to public service adding that any corrupt act being carried out by a public sector official has a negative impact on governance. We need to set machinery in motion to strategically prevent corruption in all spheres of our activities.
He disclosed that ICPC is empowered to look at procedures for doing things in the public service adding that ACTU is setup to stop the escalation of what can lead to corruption which on the long run would have reduced the unethical practices by 60 per cent.
He commended NITDA ACTU for organizing the workshop for the management staff, “Leadership matter in whatever we do”. For organizing this training, we are laying a foundation for our followers to build upon as a commission; we assure you of every support you can need in your drive to curbing corruption in the Agency.
The NITDA ACTU Chairman, Mr. Sarafa Lawal thanked the management staff for attending the training while urging them to ensure that the aim of the training is not defeated by engaging themselves in corrupt practices which could impact negatively on their personalities and the corporate image of the Agency.