UBEC Boss Inuagurates Members Of Anti-Corruption Unit

UBEC Boss Inuagurates Members Of Anti-Corruption Unit

By Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr.  Hammid Bobboyi has inuagurated members of the UBEC-Anti Corruption and Transparency Unit (UBEC ACTU).

Speaking during the inauguration,  Bobboyi stated that the unit was created to liase with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences (ICPC) at all times for advice and direction, monitor and investigate cases bordering on corrupt practices and report accordingly to him for prompt action. 

The Executive Secretary who was represented by the Director, Finance and Accounts, Sir Mike Aule said that corruption has eaten deep into all the sectors of the economy adding that the ACTU will no doubt play an important role in fighting the menace.

 “Not only do we experience poor service delivery and lack of due process in the conduct of government business in the country, but we have penchant for embezzlement of public funds. It is in order to reverse these ugly trends that the federal government though the ICPC set up the Anti- Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU),” he said.

He added that  UBEC will continue to partner the ICPC in the fight against corruption and called on the Anti-Corruption agency to assist the unit with expert advice so that the Commision can stay on the path of sanity and fiscal discipline its affairs.

Bobboyi pledged that the Commission will operate within the provision of global best practices and ensure that its staff continue to live above board and shun all forms of corrupt practices. 

Members of the Unit were carefully selected from among departments and units  of the Commission.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye  SAN , who was represented by Dio Emmanuel said the ACTU was the initiative of the ICPC and approved by the Federal Executive Council to serve as an in-house mechanism for corruption prevention in line with global best practices.

“The ACTU is designed to operate as an autonomous Unit with functional linkages with the office of the Chief Executive.

“The main duties of the ACTU are to undertake periodic sensitization of staff on and against corruption and proffer solution; develop code of Ethics/Conduct for Staff and ensure compliance with same; monitor budget implementation, and undertake preliminary investigation into complaints/reports received amongst others,” he said.

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