NAN committed to fight against corruption - Oyo
October 16, 2012 16:31
Abuja, Oct 16, 2012 (NAN) Mrs Oluremi Oyo, the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), has pledged the organisation’s continued commitment to the fight against corruption in the delivery of the agency’s mandate.
Oyo made the pledge on Tuesday in Abuja at the inauguration of the reconstituted Anti-corruption and Transparency Monitoring Unit (ACTU) of the agency.
``This is a very important day for us at the News Agency of Nigeria; we see ourselves falling in tune with the aspirations and directives of the Federal Government.
``It is importantly for us, also because we see it as an opportunity to ensure that there is an all inclusiveness in the decisions that we take,’’ she said.
Oyo said that her definition of corruption was not only in the award of contracts but also in the personal conduct of members of staff as well as in the conduct of the affairs of the agency.
She said she was determined to ensure that the agency’s workers ``get what they are entitled to’’ without them having to engage in illegal activities.
She said the agency was committed to ensuring accountability in the discharge of its mandates.
Oyo said that members of the four-man committee had been carefully selected to carry out their mandate.
``We will like to help you to spread the ACTU message by ensuring that those that we lead understand what it is that we are doing.
In a speech, Mr Justin Kuatesea, who represented the chairman of ICPC, expressed the commission’s commitment to engaging relevant stakeholders in fine tuning the modus operandi of anti-corruption units.
He said the commission decided to establish the units in government MDAs as a way of assisting it to take the war against corruption to the doorsteps of public institutions.
Kuatesea said the units were also set up in a bid to ensure that the members of staff of MDAs ``own a stake in the fight against graft and the culture of impunity in their respective places of work’’.
He said the ACTU initiative was in consonance with the commission’s mandates and that it was incumbent on all MDAs to establish the units and engage ICPC in their operations.
Kuatesea, who is the Head of the ACTU unit in ICPC, solicited the support of the management of the agency to enable the unit to achieve its objective.
Responding, Mr Abubakar Dan’azumi, the chairman of the unit, promised that members of the unit would work to justify the confidence reposed in them by the management.
``We will do our best to justify the confidence reposed in us but we solicit the support and cooperation of the management to enable us to succeed in discharging our mandate,’’ Dan’azumi said.
Members of the committee swore to an oath of allegiance to ``display high level of personal integrity and accountability in all their undertakings’’.
Other members of the committee are Mrs Khadijat Ibrahim, Mr Dajam Kamsen and Mr Joshua Olomu, who is the secretary. (NAN)