By Tony Edike
AN Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit, ACTU, has been inaugurated by the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Enugu, FNHE, in line with the directive of Federal Government to all its parastatals.
Speaking at the inauguration, Chief Medical Director, CMD, of the hospital, Dr. Ahamefula Agomoh, said that the unit started operating in the institution three years ago, but that the management thought it wise to formally inaugurate it now to underscore the seriousness of the anti-corruption war in the institution.
Agomoh, explained that no amount of talk could erase corruption, if practical measures such as the ACTU were not put in place to prevent the occurrence of the cankerworm in the first place.
According to him, both leaders and followers have a role to play in fighting corruption, adding that itâ€™s eradication would ultimately lead to better service delivery in the country.
Agomoh said, â€œhistory has shown that no society can move forward without critics and that is what we expect the ACTU to do in the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital. We want people who will show the other side of the coin.
“We want to see ACTU in this light. They should tell us where we are not doing well. Of course, we dont expect them to praise us where we are not doing well, so that there can be a change,â€ the CMD said.
Further he said,Â â€œif we are preemptive, we will check corruption before it occurs anywhereâ€.
Agomoh expressed hope that the inauguration of the unit , would bring about better service delivery in terms of quality healthcare services to those who seek medical attention at the hospital.
Presenting a paper entitled, â€œRole of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit in Ensuring Transparency, Integrity and Accountability in Public Serviceâ€, Desk Officer Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, Zonal office, Enugu, Mr Obi Stephen said that corruption affects all of us and therefore the expectation is that everybody should join hands, as communities, groups and individuals to fight it.
He said,Â â€œit is not all about stealing, rather it relates to the abuse of power in the decision making process. It is also a behaviour that deviates from ethics, morality, tradition, law and civil ruleâ€.
He disclosed that the establishment of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Units in public organisations was a follow up to a circular of the Head of Service of the Federation with of October 2, 2001, which stipulates that the units should be established in all ministries, parastatals and agencies and that they should operate as autonomous outfits with direct linkages with the Administrative Heads of the organisations.