Pub­lic ser­vice bureau launches anti-graft unit

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mau­reen Onochie

The Bureau of Pub­lic Ser­vice Re­form (BPSR) yes­ter­day in­au­gu­rated a seven man com­mit­tee, BPSR Anti-cor­rup­tion and Trans­parency Unit (ACTU) to man its in house anti-graft drive. It is chaired by Mr. Nalok Sabas­tine.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the bureau Dr. Joe Abah in his re­marks said cor­rup­tion lies at the heart of govern­ment dwin­dling rev­enue in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries.

He said the best way to tackle it was “to make pub­lic ser­vices more trans­par­ent” and to pre­vent cor­rupt prac­tices rather than prose­cu­tion of­fend­ers.

Abah said apart from the Con­sti­tu­tion of the coun­try, the Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion bill which was signed into law last year by Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan is the best tool yet if well uti­lized by the pub­lic to seek ac­count­abil­ity from pub­lic of­fi­cials.

He said: “cor­rup­tion low­ers in­cen­tives for pri­vate and for­eign in­vest­ment, in­creases cost of do­ing busi­ness and breeds in­equal­ity and un­fair­ness as well as un­der­mines en­ter­prises.”

The chair­man of the In­de­pen­dent Cor­rupt Prac­tices and other re­lated Of­fences Com­mis­sion (ICPC) Ekpo Nta who ad­min­is­tered the oath to the unit mem­bers said there has been ap­pre­cia­ble progress in fight against cor­rup­tion since 2001 when govern­ment agencies were or­dered by the head of ser­vice to es­tab­lish anti-cor­rup­tion desks.

Nta who was rep­re­sented by the com­mis­sion’s head of Cor­rup­tion Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Mr. Barn­abas Gaji tasked the unit mem­bers to ex­hibit ex­em­plary be­hav­ior in their of­fi­cial du­ties and ex­pose any cor­rupt ten­dency by pub­lic ser­vants.

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