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FG charges workers on transparency, accountability

The Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) has tasked its officers on the need to promote transparency, discipline and accountability…

The Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF) has tasked its officers on the need to promote transparency, discipline and accountability in the service.

This is part of efforts to continue to raise awareness and identify existing gaps in the Anti-Corruption initiatives that have been put in place by the present administration.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, said this on Monday in Abuja at a one-day in-house Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU) sensitization programme for Directorate Cadre Officers GL. 15-17 in the OHCSF.

The Deputy Director, Communications, OHCSF, Mallam Mohammed Ahmed, in a statement said that Dr. Yemi-Esan was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties Office, (SDO), OHCSF, Engr. Farouk Yusuf Yabo.

Engr. Farouk explained that the Federal Civil Service has for long been challenged and constrained toward the efficient and effective discharge of its duties by a myriad of problems associated with corruption.

“It is imperative on us to make deliberate efforts to address the menace of corruption that has continued to portray Nigeria in a bad light,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary also reiterated that the Federal Government, through the OHCSF had considered and approved the request of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the establishment of ACTU in all Ministries, extra-Ministerial Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

Speaking earlier, the Officer Overseeing the office of the Director, Service Delivery in the OHCSF, Mr Abdulkarim Guam, said that the present administration is consistently striving to ensure the establishment of institutional frame works that will drive the administration’s mantra for change and transparency in the Public Service, as the surest way to reducing corruption.

On his part, the ACTU Chairman in the OHCSF, Mr Chukwuka Anthony, urged workers to be agents of change in the discharge of their duties, as well as be good ambassadors of the service.

Also, the ICPC Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Owasanye, represented by Head, Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation System Study and Review Department, Mr Olayinka Aiyegbayo, said that the mandate of ACTU is to review, on periodic basis, the systems, procedures and operations of public institutions, in order to ascertain institutional vulnerabilities that engender corruption.