Unite against corruption, ICPC tells Nigerians

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has tasked the Federal Character Commission (FCC) on equitable distribution of positions in the country to achieve the aim of the commission’s establishment.

Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman ICPC, made the call on Monday at the opening ceremony of a two-day training tagged “Organisational Integrity Management Training“, organised by ICPC for board members, and commissioners of FCC.

The event which took place at the Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN) in Nasarawa State.

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Owasanoye said FCC is a constitutional Federal Executive Body created by the constitution which the founding fathers in their wisdom designed to promote justice, equality and fairness.

“The commission is designed to promote justice and equality and also designed to close gaps, not to promote corruption, not for people to ask for entitlement, that`s not the purpose.

“The aim and purpose of The commission is for good governance.

“The FCC has the duty to work out the equitable formula, subject to the approval of National Assembly for the distribution of post including positions in governments own companies.

“If we miss the purpose of establishing FCC, if we don’t get it right whatever is  the determination of those who put the commission in place, its purpose and that of Nigerians is completely defeated.

“And evidence would be tension and stories of marginalisation, “ he said.

In her remarks, Dr Muheeba Dankaka, Chairman FCC explained that the training came at the appropriate time when the commission was poised at promoting stakeholders engagement and understanding of its principles of fairness, equity in the distribution of public post.

Dankaka noted other priority areas the commission was looking at to include equity distribution of socio-economic amenities and infrastructural facilities in the country.

“The training is also apt and timely in view of the strong need to built a core culture of organizational responsibility and service delivery, “ she added.

Also, Obonganwan Ebong, Commissioner representing Akwa Ibom in FCC, said the training would serve as orientation to enlighten them on their mandates to the public.

“Usually when you hire someone you do orientation, for me this is like the first orientation we are going to have, we had a retreat two weeks ago and it was a very good one.

“But I look forward to having a complete orientation for the FCC board of which I am a member, for more enlightenment, “ she said.

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